1. YOU EQUALS NIGHT: Jake Owen's second #1 hit, Alone With You is spending its second week at #1 this week. It has equalled the chart performance of his first #1, Barefoot Blue Jean Night from last year as far as time at the top is concerned. 2. A.C.M. CHART: This year's winners on this week's chart: 2. A Woman Like You-Lee Brice-Song of the Year 3. Drink On It-Blake Shelton-Male Vocalist and A.C.M. Host 4. Dancin' Away With My Heart-Lady Antebellum-Group of the Year 5. Ours-Taylor Swift-Entertainer of the Year 7. Over You-Miranda Lambert-Female Vocalist and Album of the Year 9. Fly Over States-Jason Aldean-Single and Vocal Event of the Year 26. Beers Ago-Toby Keith-Video of the Year 35. Glass-Thompson Square-Duo of the Year 44. Mr. Know It All-Kelly Clarkson-Single and Vocal Event of the Year 3. UNDERWOOD EQUALS SWIFT: Carrie Underwood collects her fifteenth consecutive top ten this week with Good Girl at #10. Her hit list: 1. Jesus, Take The Wheel-2006-#1-chart wise, her biggest hit 2. Don't Forget To Remember Me-2006-#2 3. Before He Cheats-2006-#1 4. Wasted-2007-#1 5. So Small-2007-#1 6. All-American Girl-2008-#1 7. Last Name-2008-#1 8. Just A Dream-2008-#1 9. I Told You So-with Randy Travis-2009-#2 10. Cowboy Casanova-2009-#1 11. Temporary Home-2010-#1 12. Undo It-2010-#1 13. Mama's Song-2011-#2 14. Remind Me-with Brad Paisley-2011-#1 15. Good Girl-2012-#10 so far Underwood equals the mark set by Taylor Swift. Her hits are: 1. Tim McGraw-2007-#6 2. Teardrops On My Guitar-2007-#2 3. Our Song-2007-#1-chart wise, her biggest hit 4. Picture To Burn-2008-#3 5. Should've Said No-2008-#1 6. Love Story-2008-#1 7. White Horse-2009-#2 8. You Belong With Me-2009-#1 9. Fifteen-2010-#7 10. Fearless-2010-#10 11. Mine-2010-#2 12. Back To December-2011-#3 13. Mean-2011-#2 14. Sparks Fly-2011-#1 15. Ours-2012-#1 4. FAST BEERS: Toby Keith has the fastest climbing song for the second week with Beers Ago (#38 to #26). 5. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping hits in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Beer In Mexico-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2002: Blessed-Martina McBride-RCA 1997: This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing-Trace Adkins-Capitol 1992: Is There Life Out There-Reba McEntire-MCA 1987: Ocean Front Property-George Strait-MCA 6. HAGGARD'S 75: Merle Haggard turns 75 this week. It is time to rank his 75 biggest hits. For #1 and #2 hits, weeks in those positions will be first followed by weeks in the top 40. For all other hits, their stay in the top 40 will determine their ranking. Ready? 1. Okie From Muskogee-1969-4-15 2. Mama Tried-1968-4-15 3. If We Make It Through December-1973-4-14 4. Carolyn-1972-3-15 5. The Fightin' Side Of Me-1970-3-14 6. Sing Me Back Home-1968-2-17 7. Everybody's Had The Blues-1973-2-15 8. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde-1968-2-14 9. Grandma Harp-1972-2-14 10. Daddy Frank The Guitar Man-1971-2-13 11. Always Wanting You-1975-2-10 12. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive-1967-1-15 13. Hungry Eyes-1969-1-15 14. Branded Man-1967-1-15 15. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star-1988-1-15 16. Pancho And Lefty-with Willie Nelson-1983-1-14 17. A Place To Fall Apart-with Janie Frickie-1985-1-14 18. That's The Way Love Goes-1984-1-14 19. Workin' Man Blues-1969-1-13 20. Big City-1982-1-13 21. You Take Me For Granted-1983-1-13 22. Someday When Things Are Good-1984-1-13 23. Going Where The Lonely Go-1983-1-13 24. I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me-1973-1-13 25. It's All In The Movies-1975-1-13 26. Bar Room Buddies-with Clint Eastwood-1980-1-13 27. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink-1981-1-12 28. Natural High-with Janie Frickie-1985-1-12 29. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room-1984-1-12 30. It's Not Love But It's Not Bad-1972-1-12 31. Kentucky Gambler-1975-1-11 32. Cherokee Maiden-1976-1-11 33. My Favorite Memory-1981-1-10 34. Old Man From The Mountain-1974-1-10 35. The Roots Of My Raising-1976-1-10 36. Things Aren't Funny Anymore-1974-1-10 37. Yesterday's Wine-with George Jones-1982-1-10 38. Movin' On-1975-1-09 39. It's Been A Great Afternoon-1978-3-11 (#2) 40. I Threw Away The Rose-1967-2-15 (#2) 41. Someday We'll Look Back-1971-2-14 (#2) 42. Are The Good Times Really Over I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver-1982-2-13 (#2) 43. If We're Not Back In Love By Monday-1977-2-12 (#2) 44. Ramblin' Fever-1977-2-11 (#2) 45. The Way I Am-1980-2-11 (#2) 46. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall-1978-2-11 (#2) 47. The Bottle Let Me Down-1966 (#3) 48. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am-1969 (#3) 49. Im Can't Be Myself-1970 (#3) 50. Jesus, Take A Hold-1970 (#3) 51. What Am I Gonna Do With The Rest Of My Life-1983 (#3) 52. The Emptiest Arms In The World-1973 (#3) 53. Soldier's Last Letter-1971 (#3) 54. Misery And Gin-1980 (#3) 55. A Better Love Next Time-1989 (#4) 56. Rainbow Stew-1981 (#4) 57. My Old Kind Of Hat-1979 (#4) 58. Red Bandana-1979 (#4) 59. From Graceland To The Promised Land-1977 (#4) 60. Swinging Doors-1966 (#5) 61. I Had A Beautiful Time-1986 (#5) 62. Reasons To Quit-with Willie Nelson-1983 (#6) 63. The Bull And The Beaver-with Leona Williams-1978 (#8) 64. A Friend In California-1986 (#9) 65. Chill Factor-1988 (#9) 66. Street Singer-1970 (#9) 67. Leonard-1981 (#9) 68. My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers-1965 (#10) 69. Kern River-1985 (#10) 70. C.C. Waterback-with George Jones-1983 (#10) 71. Here Comes The Freedom Train-1976 (#10) 72. Running Kind-1978 (#12) 73. A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today-1977 (#16) 74. 5:01 Blues-1989 (#18) 75. Sing A Sad Song-1964 (#19) 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Merle Haggard ended a three week reign at the top of the chart just prior to his 33rd birthday with The Fightin' Side Of Me. It is easily his most politically charged song. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 4, 1970: 1. Tennessee Bird Walk-Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan-Wayside 2. Once More With Feeling-Jerry Lee Lewis-Smash 3. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife-Marty Robbins-Columbia 4. Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone-Charley Pride-RCA 5. THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME-MERLE HAGGARD-CAPITOL 6. All I Have To Do Is Dream-Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry-Capitol 7. I Know How-Loretta Lynn-Decca 8. I'll See Him Through-Tammy Wynette-Epic 9. Tomorrow Is Forever-Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner-RCA 10. If I Were A Carpenter-Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash-Columbia
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1. BRICE'S #1 WOMAN: I wonder if Lee Brice had a bucket list when he decided to be a singer/songwriter. It may have looked like this: 1. Write a history making song. Did that in 2007 when Garth Brooks debuted at #1 with More Than A Memory. 2. Chart a history making song. Did that in 2010 when Love Like Crazy became the longest charted song in history at 56 weeks. 3. Write another #1 hit. Did that in 2011 when Crazy Girl by the Eli Young Band became their first chart topper and the biggest hit of the year. 4. Win a major award. Did that last week when Crazy Girl won the A.C.M. Song of the Year. 5. Finally, have a #1 all to yourself. Does that this week with A Woman Like You. Out of six charted singles, Brice becomes a chart topper as an artist. Unless there is more on the Brice bucket list, I think it is pretty complete! 2. THE SECOND HIGHEST: Blasting onto the chart this week at #13 is the duet between Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw called Feel Like A Rock Star. It is the second highest debut on the chart following the aforementioned More Than A Memory by Garth Brooks. In third place is Chesney's Don't Blink from 2007 (started at #16). 3. HIS 45TH AND FIRST: Tim McGraw has landed top ten number 45 this week with Better Than I Used To Be at #10. It is his first since a court ruled in his favor late last year that his recording contract with Curb Records is over. As most of you know, I do not consider Bring On The Rain (#1 from 2002) as a true duet between Jo Dee Messina and McGraw. 4. A TIE: We have two songs this week climbing six spaces for fastest climbers of the week. They are: 1. Mr. Know It All-Kelly Clarkson-#44 to #38 2. 5-1-5-0-Dierks Bentley-#51 to #45 5. RICHIE'S FIRST: Lionel Richie tops a country chart for the first time as an artist. His Tuskegee CD sold 199,000 copies in its first week to land at #1. He has topped the country singles chart as a songwriter/producer on the Kenny Rogers hit Lady in 1980 and as a producer on the Rogers hit I Don't Need You in 1981. 6. #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Let It Go-Tim McGraw-Curb 2002: O Brother, Where Art Thou-Soundtrack-Mercury 1997: Unchained Melody: The Early Years-LeAnn Rimes-Curb 1992: Ropin' The Wind-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1987: Hank Live-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Wynonna Judd made a resolution in late 2010: She wanted to get back on country radio in 2011. That did not happen as there were no Judd singles on the country chart last year and so far none this year. However, Judd was on the radio in a big way twenty years ago this week as she collected the first of four #1 hits with She Is His Only Need. As we all know, Judd first made it big as one half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds (she the daughter of course and mother Naomi). During their stay on RCA Records (1983-1991), they racked up 23 top 40 hits, 22 major hits, 20 top tens, and 14 #1 hits. Their biggest hit was Why Not Me in 1984 (1985 C.M.A. Single of the Year). They won countless awards as well. Then in 1990, Naomi announced she had hepatitis and would end her involvement with the Judds in 1991. They embarked on a 124 date farewell tour that year. The tour ended in December, 1991 and the day after, Wynonna entered a recording studio for the first time without Naomi to record her debut CD for MCA Records simply called Wynonna. The first single, She Is His Only Need was released in January, 1992. It made its way to #1 in April. The CD produced three other top tens: 1. I Saw The Light-1992-#1-Billboard's and the American Country Countdown's top single of the year 2. No One Else On Earth-1992-#1-chart wise, her biggest hit 3. My Strongest Weakness-1993-#4 The CD is certified at the quintuple platinum mark and gave Wynonna the confidence to release her second CD called Tell Me Why. The title track was the first single and it proceeded to a #3 peak in 1993. A month later, Clint Black released his duet with her called A Bad Goodbye off his No Time To Kill CD. It peaked at #2, becoming his second #2 hit and Wynonna's first. Tell Me Why produced four more top tens: 1. Only Love-1993-#3 2. Is It Over Yet-1994-#6 3. Rock Bottom-1994-#2 4. Girls With Guitars-1994-#10-talk about star power here-the tune was written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Wynonna had back up vocals from Naomi and Lyle Lovett That CD is certified platinum and in December, 1994 she became a mother for the first time. She took 1995 off to raise Elijah and then recorded her third CD called Revelations. Two major hits were produced: 1. To Be Loved By You-1996-#1 2. Heaven Help My Heart-1996-#14 She ended her MCA years on a greatest hits note called Collection. She transferred over to Universal (with ties to Curb Records that she had since her Judds years). Two major hits were produced from The Other Side: 1. When Love Starts Talkin'-1997-#13 2. Come Some Rainy Day-1998-#14 Then another one time CD from another label, this time Mercury produced a top 40 hit called Can't Nobody Love You Like I Do (#31 in 2000 from New Day Dawning). Then the Judds collected a top 40 hit that year called Stuck In Love (#26). Then the What The World Needs Now Is Love CD was released on Asylum in 2003 and it yielded a trio of top 40s: 1. What The World Needs-2003-#14 2. Heaven Help Me-2003-#37 3. Flies On The Butter You Can't Go Home Again-2004-#33 as the Judds The CD has her version of the Foreigner hit, I Want To Know What Love Is. As of this time, her last top 40 hit is Attitude (#40 in 2005). Seeing since I mentioned her first child, her second Grace Pauline was born in June, 1996. Wynonna has won one award as a solo artist, the 1993 A.C.M. Female Vocalist of the Year. Her last CD was called Love Heals in 2010. The Judds' last CD was released last year called I Will Stand By You: The Essential Collection. More recently, Wynonna got engaged to Cactus Moser from Highway 101. The question remains: Will we hear from Wynonna again as a solo artist or with her mother? Only time will tell. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 1992: 1. SHE IS HIS ONLY NEED-WYNONNA JUDD-MCA 2. Is There Life Out There-Reba McEntire-MCA 3. Take Your Memory With You-Vince Gill-MCA 4. The Tips Of My Fingers-Steve Wariner-Arista 5. There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio-Aaron Tippin-RCA 6. Only The Wind-Billy Dean-Capitol 7. Today's Lonely Fool-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 8. Some Kind Of Trouble-Tanya Tucker-Capitol 9. Dallas-Alan Jackson-Arista 10. Past The Point Of Rescue-Hal Ketchum-Curb
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1. DRINKING AT #1: Blake Shelton collects his eleventh #1 hit this week with Drink On It. His Red River Blue CD has been perfect so far as his first two singles, Honey Bee and God Gave Me You also topped the chart (from last year). This is his first time having a trio of chart toppers from one CD. His CDs and #1s are: 1. Blake Shelton-Austin-2001-chart wise, his biggest hit 2. The Dreamer-The Baby-2003 3. Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill-Some Beach-2004 4. Pure BS-Home-2008 5. Startin' Fires-She Wouldn't Be Gone-2009 6. Hillbilly Bone-Hillbilly Bone-with Trace Adkins-2010 7. All About Tonight-All About Tonight-2010 and Who Are You When I'm Not Looking-2011 8. Red River Blue-Honey Bee-2011, God Gave Me You-2011, and Drink On It-2012 2. STAY!: After an impressive #13 debut last week, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw stay there for a second week with Feel Like A Rock Star. 3. SOUNDTRACK COUNTRY: We have two songs debuting this week on the charts from soundtracks. They are: 1. For You by Keith Urban at #47. This is from the Act Of Valor soundtrack and the Hot Shot Debut. This is his first soundtrack single. 2. Eyes Open by Taylor Swift at #51. This is from The Hunger Games: Songs From Distant 12 And Beyond soundtrack. This is her second soundtrack song to chart as Today Was A Fairytale from Valentine's Day peaked at #41 in 2010. 4. FIVE FOR FIVE TWICE: The Zac Brown Band has landed their tenth top ten with No Hurry at #9 this week. They have landed five top tens from their first two CDs. They are: 1. The Foundation Chicken Fried-2008-#1 Whatever It Is-2009-#2 Toes-2009-#1 Highway 20 Ride-2010-#1 Free-2010-#1 2. You Get What You Give As She's Walking Away-with Alan Jackson-2010-#1 Colder Weather-2011-#1 Knee Deep-with Jimmy Buffett-2011-#1 Keep Me In Mind-2011-#1-chart wise, their biggest hit No Hurry-2012-#9 so far 5. BENTLEY FAST: Dierks Bentley has the fastest climbing song of the week with 5-1-5-0 taking an eight point jump to #37. 6. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping hits in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Wasted-Carrie Underwood-Arista 2002: My List-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 1997: Rumor Has It-Clay Walker-Giant 1992: There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio-Aaron Tippin-RCA 1987: Kids Of The Baby Boom-Bellamy Bros.-MCA 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: I will bet that when Alabama were recording their third RCA album, they did not know that the title track would be making a comeback nearly 30 years later. The album's name is Mountain Music and it was our top selling album 30 years ago this week. Alabama first rose to the national level on the MDJ label when they scored their first top 40 hits: I Wanna Come Over (#33 in 1979) and My Home's In Alabama (#17 in 1980). While they were on the chart with the latter title, they signed to RCA Records and quickly released their first album for them called My Home's In Alabama. Their two top 40 MDJ hits were repeated on this album. However, their first RCA single, Tennessee River became the first of 32 #1s for them. Why Lady Why also followed suit in late 1980. The album hit #3 and became a double platinum success. Feels So Right was next and that album was the first to top the country sales chart. It went quadruple platinum on the heels of three #1s, all in 1981: Old Flame, Feels So Right, and Love In The First Degree. While Love In The First Degree was on the charts, they won their first C.M.A. Vocal Group of the Year award. The Mountain Music album was being recorded during this time and it too yielded a trio of chart toppers, all in 1982: Mountain Music, Take Me Down, and Close Enough To Perfect. While Close Enough To Perfect was on the charts, they won their first C.M.A. Entertainer of the Year award (along with their second Group of the Year award). Album #4, The Closer You Get yielded another three #1s for Alabama: Dixieland Delight, The Closer You Get, and Lady Down On Love. While Lady Down On Love was on the charts, they won their ONLY C.M.A. Award for Album of the Year along with their second Entertainer Award and third Group Award. Alabama continued to be a hit making machine throughout the 1980s and 1990s (mostly #1s). The complete list of #1 albums are: 1. Feels So Right-1981-4X platinum 2. Mountain Music-1982-5X platinum 3. The Closer You Get-1983-4X platinum 4. Roll On-1984-4X platinum 5. 40-Hour Week-1985-2X platinum 6. Greatest Hits-1986-5X platinum 7. The Touch-1986-platinum 8. Just Us-1987-platinum 9. Alabama Live-1988-platinum 10. Southern Star-1989-platinum Shortly after the release of album #10, Alabama became the third Artist of the Decade recipient by the A.C.M.. They had their last major hit in 2001 called When It All Goes South (#15). The following year, they announced they were going on a farewell tour. That did not stop them from issuing hits CDs though. In 2005, they were inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, they had their final #1 album with Songs Of Inspiration. That should have been the end of Alabama, but it wasn't. Enter Brad Paisley. He took 2010 to record his most recent CD, This Is Country Music. He wrote a song called Old Alabama that sampled the melody and some of the lyrics of Mountain Music. Because of that, he shared songwriting credit with Randy Owen who wrote the original. He even invited Alabama to sing the bridge of the song. So Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook sang the same lines like they did on Mountain Music in Old Alabama. It became the second single from the Paisley CD. It became Paisley's 17th #1 and Alabama's first since 1993's Reckless (giving them a total of 33 chart toppers). This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 17, 1982: 1. MOUNTAIN MUSIC-ALABAMA-RCA 2. Bobbie Sue-Oak Ridge Boys-MCA 3. Black On Black-Waylon Jennings-RCA 4. Always On My Mind-Willie Nelson-Columbia 5. Still The Same Ole Me-George Jones-Epic 6. Finally-T.G. Sheppard-Warner Bros. 7. Southern Comfort-Conway Twitty-Elektra 8. Feels So Right-Alabama-RCA 9. Big City-Merle Haggard-Epic 10. Waitin' For The Sun To Shine-Ricky Skaggs-Epic
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1. THREE FOR THREE: Blake Shelton continues to hold on to the #1 spot in country music with Drink On It. He not only has been perfect with his Red River Blue CD, but all singles have been multi week #1s. They are: 1. Honey Bee-2011-4 weeks 2. God Gave Me You-2011-3 weeks 3. Drink On It-2012-2 weeks so far 2. BESIDE HIMSELF: Tim McGraw is at #11 with Better Than I Used To Be. He is at #12 with Kenny Chesney on Feel Like A Rock Star. 3. URBAN MOVES FAST FOR YOU: Keith Urban has the fastest climbing song of the week as For You zips eleven to #36. 4. THIRD TIME MAYBE?: George Strait's third Here For A Good Time single, Drinkin' Man is this week's Hot Shot Debut at #54. He is hoping for a #1 this time as the title track was a #2 hit last year and Love's Gonna Make It Alright peaked at #3 this year. 5. GLORIANA'S SECOND: Entering the top 20 this week is Gloriana's Kissed You Good Night at #20. This is their second major hit in five singles as their first, Wild At Heart hit #15 in 2009. 6. ANGEL COUNTRY: Dustin Lynch is at #25 with Cowboys And Angels. At #26 is Angel Eyes by Love And Theft. 7. A 40S LOOK: These were the chart topping hits during the last week of April during the 1940s: 1944: Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry-Al Dexter-Okeh 1945: Smoke On The Water-Bob Wills-Okeh 1946: Guitar Polka-Al Dexter-Columbia 1947: So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed-Merle Travis-Capitol 1948: Anytime-Eddy Arnold-RCA 1949: Don't Rob Another Man's Castle-Eddy Arnold-RCA 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: I think it is safe to say that the following chart achievement will NEVER be equalled or broken. What is it? Glad you asked! It is topping the chart for the most consecutive years. The number is nineteen and the artist is George Strait. He collected chart topper #36 twelve years ago this week with The Best Day-his nineteenth consecutive year topping the chart. Strait hit pay dirt with his first single, Unwound. It hit #6 during the summer of 1981. Exactly a year later, he collected the first of 44 #1s in Fool Hearted Memory. He collected chart toppers left and right for the next eighteeen years straight. Here is the list of nineteen years of Strait chart toppers: 1982-Fool Hearted Memory 1983-A Fire I Can't Put Out 1984-You Look So Good In Love, Right Or Wrong, and Let's Fall To Pieces Together 1985-Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind and The Chair 1986-Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her and It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You 1987-Ocean Front Property, All My Ex's Live In Texas, and Am I Blue 1988-Famous Last Words Of A Fool, Baby Blue, and If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' 1989-Baby's Gotten Good At Goodbye, What's Going On In Your World, and Ace In The Hole 1990-Love Without End, Amen-chart wise, his biggest hit and I've Come To Expect It From You 1991-If I Know Me and You Know Me Better Than That 1992-I Cross My Heart 1993-Heartland and Easy Come, Easy Go 1994-The Big One 1995-You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody and Check Yes Or No 1996-Blue Clear Sky and Carried Away 1997-One Night At A Time and Carrying Your Love With Me 1998-Round About Way and I Just Want To Dance With You 1999-Write This Down 2000-The Best Day Strait entered the 2000s on a greatest hits note called Latest Greatest Straitest Hits. Its track listing is: 1. The Best Day-2000-#1 2. Murder On Music Row-with Alan Jackson-2000-#38 3. Carrying Your Love With Me-1997-#1 4. Adalida-1995-#3 5. Lead On-1995-#7 6. Carried Away-1996-#1 7. Blue Clear Sky-1996-#1 8. We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This-1998-#4 9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne-1996-#4 10. True-1998-#2 11. King Of The Mountain-1997-#19 12. Round About Way-1998-#1 13. You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody-1995-#1 14. One Night At A Time-1997-#1 15. Today My World Slipped Away-1997-#3 The Best Day was released in December, 1999 and went all the way to #1 in April, 2000. It was at the top for three weeks. The next top 40 hit Strait had was his duet with Jackson called Murder On Music Row. It was biting commentary on the state of country music. It reached #38 on the chart even though it was not an official single for Strait. What is ironic is that the song won two C.M.A. Awards: Song of the Year for Larry Cordle and Larry Shell and Vocal Event for Strait and Jackson. 2001 was a great year for Strait, but none of his singles hit the top spot. They are: 1. Don't Make Me Come Over There And Love You-#17 2. If You Can Do Anything Else-#5 3. Run-#2-his biggest #2 hit Who has topped the charts for the second longest streak of years? Ronnie Milsap. His 35 #1s topped the charts for sixteen consecutive years (1974-1989). Strait is currently on the charts with his Here For A Good Time CD. He is set to celebrate his 60th birthday next month. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 22, 2000: 1. THE BEST DAY-GEORGE STRAIT-MCA 2. How Do You Like Me Now-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 3. Love's The Only House-Martina McBride-RCA 4. Lessons Learned-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 5. Carlene-Phil Vassar-Arista 6. Buy Me A Rose-Kenny Rogers-Dreamcatcher 7. Been There-Clint Black and Steve Wariner-RCA 8. The Way You Love Me-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 9. She's More-Andy Griggs-RCA 10. My Best Friend-Tim McGraw-Curb
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1. R.F'S #1 BANJO: Rascal Flatts collects their 12th #1 in Banjo. In the meantime, they become the first group in country music history to land multiple #1s on multiple labels. Their first ten chart toppers were on the Lyric Street label (2002-2009). Banjo and Why Wait (2010) are on the Big Machine label. In the meantime, their chart achievement bests these groups: 1. Gatlin Brothers-1 on Monument, 2 on Columbia 2. Shenandoah-4 on Columbia, 1 on RCA 3. Alabama-32 on RCA, 1 on Arista It is appropriate Shenandoah is on the list because Rascal Flatts has remade Next To You, Next To Me on their latest CD called Changed. That is Shenandoah's biggest hit (from 1990). 2. DRINKIN' FAST: George Strait has the fastest climbing song of the week as Drinkin' Man climbs ten to #44. 3. FINALLY!: Kellie Pickler debuts her second 100 Proof single as the title track hits #53 and is the Hot Shot Debut. The first single, Tough peaked at #30 during the summer of 2011. 4. A STONEY CREEK DEBUT: Randy Houser makes his Stoney Creek debut with How Country Feels at #55. He was with Universal South (later Show Dog/Universal) between 2008-2011. His major hits are Anything Goes (#16 in 2008) and Boots On (#2 in 2009). 5. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping songs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Wasted-Carrie Underwood-Arista 2002: My List-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 1997: One Night At A Time-George Strait-MCA 1992: There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio-Aaron Tippin-RCA 1987: Don't Go To Strangers-T. Graham Brown-Capitol 6. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: We are in baseball season, so let's play three strikes and you're out. For the only time in country music history I can find, one artist (Earl Thomas Conley) released three singles that hit #1. Another artist (the Bellamy Brothers) released three singles that hit #2 behind the first artist. Well, the Bellamys struck out for the third time 26 years ago this week when Feelin' The Feelin' hit #2 while Conley was #1 with Once In A Blue Moon. It all started in 1984 when the Bellamys switched labels from Warner Bros. to MCA. Their first CD for them was called Restless. The first two singles became top ten hits in 1984: Forget About Me (#5) and World's Greatest Lover (#6). Then Conley released his Treadin' Water CD. The first single was a #1 hit: Chance Of Lovin' You (1984). Then 1985 rolled around and Conley was first to have another #1 in Honor Bound. Conley gave way to the Bellamys as they scored a #1 in I Need More Of You (their eighth chart topper and first one since When I'm Away From You in 1983). Conley's third single release from Treadin' Water, Love Don't Care Whose Heart It Breaks became #1 while the Bellamys scored their first #2 hit in Old Hippie. The Bellamys remained at #2 for a second week while Alabama's Forty Hour Week For A Livin' became their 17th chart topper. Old Hippie was the lead single from the Howard & David CD. They released their second single, Lie To You For Your Love, but that became a #2 hit behind Conley's Nobody Falls Like A Fool from his first greatest hits CD (which I featured earlier this year). Well, after finishing 1-2 on the charts twice, you wouldn't think lightning could strike three times? Well, that is what happened when both artists started 1986. Their first single releases finished 1-2 for the third consecutive time. Conley reeled in his 11th #1 hit in Once In A Blue Moon while the Bellamys had to play the bridesmaid for the third time with Feelin' The Feelin' (their third and final runner up hit). However, the Bellamys could have had a #1 hit with their version of Wheels, but that went to Restless Heart instead in 1988. The chart gods were smiling in a different direction during the last quarter of 1986. Ironically, it took vocal collaborations to do so. Conley released his Too Many Times CD. Its first single, the title track was a duet with Anita Pointer. It got all the way up to #2 behind Exile's It'll Be Me. While that song was just about to peak, the Bellamys released a song off of their second greatest hits CD, a duet called Too Much Is Not Enough (or is it a sextet between two Bellamys and four Forester Sisters?). It became their ninth chart topping hit. That song was repeated on their next CD, Country Rap. In 1987, Conley's second Too Many Times single became his 12th #1 hit, I Can't Win For Losin' You. Seven weeks later, the Bellamys collected their tenth and final #1 in Kids Of The Baby Boom. I will be showing you ALL three charts where Conley finished first while the Bellamys finished second.
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 27, 1985: 1. LOVE DON'T CARE WHOSE HEART IT BREAKS-EARL THOMAS CONLEY-RCA 2. OLD HIPPIE-BELLAMY BROTHERS-MCA 3. Forty Hour Week For A Livin'-Alabama-RCA 4. I'm For Love-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 5. Highwayman-Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson-Columbia 6. Real Love-Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers-RCA 7. Dixie Road-Lee Greenwood-MCA 8. I Don't Think I'm Ready For You-Anne Murray-Capitol 9. She's Single Again-Janie Frickie-Columbia 10. The Fireman-George Strait-MCA
BILLBOARD TOP TEN CHART FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 14, 1985: 1. NOBODY FALLS LIKE A FOOL-EARL THOMAS CONLEY-RCA 2. LIE TO YOU FOR YOUR LOVE-BELLAMY BROTHERS-MCA 3. The Chair-George Strait-MCA 4. Have Mercy-the Judds-RCA 5. Stand Up-Mel McDaniel-Capitol 6. Morning Desire-Kenny Rogers-RCA 7. Somebody Else's Fire-Janie Frickie-Columbia 8. Betty's Bein' Bad-Sawyer Brown-Capitol 9. Never Be You-Rosanne Cash-Columbia 10. Only In My Mind-Reba McEntire-MCA
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 3, 1986: 1. ONCE IN A BLUE MOON-EARL THOMAS CONLEY-RCA 2. FEELIN' THE FEELIN'-BELLAMY BROTHERS-MCA 3. Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days-the Judds-RCA 4. Ain't Misbehavin'-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 5. Easy To Please-Janie Frickie-Columbia 6. I Had A Beautiful Time-Merle Haggard-Epic 7. Working Without A Net-Waylon Jennings-MCA 8. Tomb Of The Unknown Love-Kenny Rogers-RCA 9. One Love At A Time-Tanya Tucker-Capitol 10. Whoever's In New England-Reba McEntire-MCA
1. OVER #1: Miranda Lambert collects the third #1 hit in her career with Over You. You can also say Blake Shelton collects a #1 this week as he is a cowriter of the song (after all, it is about his brother's death). For the first time in Lambert's career, she starts a CD with two top tens. Four The Record's lead single, Baggage Claim peaked at #3 last year. Her other CDs and first two singles from each are: 1. Kerosene-Me And Charlie Talking-2005-#27 and Bring Me Down-2005#32 2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-2007-#50 and Famous In A Small Town-2007-#14 3. Revolution-Dead Flowers-2009-#37 and White Liar-2010-#2 2. HIS NINTH: Jason Aldean is at #2 for the week with Fly Over States. It is his ninth consecutive top two hit. His others: 1. She's Country-2009-#1 2. Big Green Tractor-2009-#1-chart wise, his biggest hit 3. The Truth-2010-#1 4. Crazy Town-2010-#2 5. My Kinda Party-2011-#2 6. Don't You Wanna Stay-with Kelly Clarkson-2011-#1 7. Dirt Road Anthem-2011-#1 8. Tattoos On This Town-2011-#2-his biggest #2 hit 9. Fly Over States-2012-#2 so far 3. #7 FINALLY!: After four weeks at #8, Carrie Underwood moves one to #7 with Good Girl. 4. HER EX IS FAST: Kristen Kelly has the fastest climbing song of the week as Ex-Old Man moves thirteen to #47. 5. #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Some Hearts-Carrie Underwood-Arista 2002: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1997: Carrying Your Love With Me-George Strait-MCA 1992: Ropin' The Wind-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1987: Trio-Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris-Warner Bros. 6. A BLAST FROM THE PAST: 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of Jim Reeves becoming a recording artist. His career only lasted twelve years (1952-1964) as he died in a plane crash in July, 1964. His influence on the charts continued into the 1980s. It reached its peak that decade when Ronnie Milsap remade one of his big hits, Am I Losing You and turned it into a #1 hit 31 years ago this week (Milsap's 17th chart topper). Reeves' musical journey started in 1952 when he became a broadcaster for KSIG in Gladewater, Texas. He was there for a short time and then transferred over to KGRI in Henderson, another Texas station. He became an assistant manager and program director. He decided to relocate to Shreveport, Louisiana to work at KWKH as a singer and announcer. He made his debut on the Louisiana Hayride show when Hank Williams failed to show up. Fabor Robinson was in the audience and was so impressed with Reeves' singing that he signed him to his label, Abbott Records. Reeves quickly recorded an album and in 1953, he made his debut on the charts with Mexican Joe with the Circle O Ranch Boys. It became his second biggest hit when it topped the chart for nine weeks. He went two for two when Bimbo became a three week #1 in 1954. Between those two records, Reeves became a member of the Louisiana Hayride. Reeves had his first hit duet with Ginny Wright called I Love You (#3 in 1954 on the Fabor label also owned by Robinson). He had three more major hits: 1. Then I'll Stop Loving You-1954-#15 2. Penny Candy-1955-#5 3. Drinking Tequila-1955-#9 With the successes he had on the Abbott label, it caught the attention of RCA Records and they decided to sign Reeves in 1955. His first single for his new label was a double-sided hit: Yonder Comes A Sucker (#4)/I'm Hurtin' Inside. While he was on the chart with that song, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Two more top tens were produced: 1. My Lips Are Sealed-1956-#8 2. According To My Heart (#4)/The Mother Of A Honky Tonk Girl-1956 Just before 1956 ended, Reeves entered the chart with a song he wrote called Am I Losing You. It was backed with Waitin' For A Train and proceeded to a #3 peak in 1957. He finally had a #1 hit for RCA called Four Walls. It topped the chart for eight weeks. It also became a crossover hit, peaking at #11 on the pop chart. Eleven more major hits followed: 1. Two Shadows On Your Windows (#9)/Young Hearts (#12)-1957 2. Anna Marie-1958-#3 3. Overnight (#10)/I Love You More (#8)-1958 4. Blue Boy-1958-#2 5. Billy Bayou (#1)/I'd Like To Be (#18)-1959 6. Home-1959-#2 7. Partners (#5)/I'm Beginning To Forget You (#17)-1959 Just before 1959 ended, Reeves would enter the chart with his biggest hit ever. It was He'll Have To Go ('Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone...'). It topped the country chart for an amazing 14 weeks in 1960 while becoming a #2 pop hit for three weeks. It even crossed the pond by becoming a #12 pop hit in the U.K.. It even inspired an answer song called He'll Have To Stay by Jeanne Black. Her song was a top ten on two charts (#6 country, #4 pop). He followed that with I'm Getting Better (#3)/I Know One (#6) and I Missed Me (#3)/Am I Losing You (#8). All of those were in 1960. When Am I Losing You hit the top ten for the second time, it made Reeves the ONLY artist to score a hit with the same song as an a-side first followed by it being a b-side second. Between 1961-1964, Reeves scored a total of 14 major hits. The biggest of those being Adios Amigos which was #2 for nine weeks in 1962 becoming his biggest #2 hit. He then scored his second hit duet, this time with Dottie West on Love Is No Excuse (#7 in 1964). That was her first top ten hit. The follow up, I Guess I'm Crazy was released in June. It entered the top 40 in July. Two weeks later on the 31st, Reeves chartered his private plane. It was caught in a storm near Nashville and crashed, killing him. Honorary pall bearers were Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes, who signed Reeves to RCA. Reeves was a month shy of turning 41. I Guess I'm Crazy hit #1 in August, becoming his first posthumous hit. Reeves holds the distinction for having the most posthumous hits. Another five topped the charts between 1965-1967: 1. This Is It-1965 2. Is It Really Over-1965 3. Distant Drums-1966 4. Blue Side Of Lonesome-1966 5. I Won't Come In While He's There-1967 Right after title #5 became his last #1, Reeves was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was during this time that Mary, his widow (married Jim in 1947) was determined to keep Reeves' name in the public mind. It worked. Between 1967-1977, Reeves collected 13 major hits with seven of them becoming top tens (unheard of from a deceased artist). However, the Reeves hit machine continued running. RCA signed Deborah Allen in 1979. They decided to introduce her via a 'duets' album with Reeves called Don't Let Me Cross Over (with Mary's blessing). Mary said at the time, "Jim Reeves my husband is gone. Jim Reeves the artist lives on." Three top tens were produced: 1. Don't Let Me Cross Over-1979-#10 2. Oh, How I Miss You Tonight-1980-#6 3. Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me-1980-#10 After that album ran its course, Ronnie Milsap decided to record a Reeves tribute album called Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing. It track listing is: 1. Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing 2. Four Walls 3. Pride Goes Before A Fall 4. I'm Beginning To Forget You 5. He'll Have To Go 6. I'm Getting Better 7. Am I Losing You 8. I Won't Forget You 9. I Guess I'm Crazy 10. When Two Worlds Collide 11. Missing You 12. Dear Friend Am I Losing You was released in March, 1981 and climbed all the way to the top in May. It was the ONLY single released from the album. To further showcase Milsap's diversity in song selection, he followed a stone country release with his biggest crossover record of all time: There's No Gettin' Over Me (#1 country, #2 adult contemporary, and #5 pop). Am I Losing You would be included on Milsap's second greatest hits CD in 1985. RCA continued to mine the Reeves songbook when they discovered a song that not only he recorded, but Patsy Cline recorded as well called Have You Ever Been Lonely Have You Ever Been Blue. RCA took their separate performances and created a new 'duet'. It was placed on an album called Greatest Hits. It had the duet, five Reeves songs including Am I Losing You, and four Cline songs. The single was released in late 1981 and peaked at #5 in early 1982. It is the ONLY posthumous duet in country music as Cline died in a plane crash in March, 1963. Reeves' last chart appearance was in 1984 when The Image Of Me hit #70 during the 20th anniversary of his death. We are reminded every year of Reeves' impact on country music when the A.C.M. hands out the Jim Reeves International Award. This year, it went to Alan Jackson, a fine recording artist in his own right.
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1. FLY OVER #1: Jason Aldean collects his lucky seventh #1 hit in Fly Over States. It is the fifth single release from his My Kinda Party CD. It does one better than his Wide Open CD as far as top two hits are concerned. The CDs and hits are: 1. Wide Open: She's Country-2009-#1 Big Green Tractor-2009-#1-chart wise, his biggest hit The Truth-2010-#1 Crazy Town-2010-#2 2. My Kinda Party: My Kinda Party-2011-#2 Don't You Wanna Stay-with Kelly Clarkson-2011-#1 Dirt Road Anthem-2011-#1 Tattoos On This Town-2011-#2-his biggest #2 hit Fly Over States-2012-#1 The last artist to take their fifth single to #1 was Taylor Swift. Speak Now's fifth single, Ours was #1 this year. 2. HIS 96TH: George Strait collects his 96th top 40 hit this week as Drinkin' Man climbs five to #37. He is still at #4 on the list of those with the most top 40s as Johnny Cash is at #3 with 105. 3. EASY TO CHART: How does one follow up his first #1? By having the Hot Shot Debut of the week. Lee Brice follows A Woman Like You, his first chart topper with Hard To Love, the title track of his current CD. It has the highest start of the week at #51. 4. OVER FAST: Blake Shelton has the fastest climbing song of the week with Over (#53 to #40). 5. UNDERWOOD EQUALS LAMBERT: By selling 267,000 copies of her Blown Away CD, Carrie Underwood debuts at #1 on the country CD chart. She becomes the second female artist to debut her first four CDs at the penthouse. Miranda Lambert was first with these CDs: 1. Kerosene-2005 2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-2007 3. Revolution-2009 4. Four The Record-2011 Underwood's quartet: 1. Some Hearts-2005 2. Carnival Ride-2007 3. Play On-2009 4. Blown Away-2012 6. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping hits in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Settlin'-Sugarland-Mercury 2002: My List-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 1997: One Night At A Time-George Strait-MCA 1992: Neon Moon-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 1987: To Know Him Is To Love Him-Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris-Warner Bros. 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Ready for a history lesson? Good! I was hoping you would say yes. The War of 1812 lasted from 1812 to 1815. The British surrendered in December, 1814 but the Battle of New Orleans took place in January, 1815. The Americans won that one big time. However, Johnny Horton won the 'country battle' 53 years ago this week with The Battle Of New Orleans. Horton's life began in Los Angeles but soon moved to Texas as a child. His mother taught him at age ten to play guitar. He attended Baylor (Texas) and Seattle (Washington) Universities on basketball scholarships, but moved to Alaska before finishing his degree. He was a fisherman up there and moved back to Los Angeles. Friends encouraged him to enter a local talent show in Anaheim and he ended up winning. It came to Tennessee Ernie Ford's and Cliffie Stone's attention and he got a spot at Pasadena's KXLA. He was bestowed the nickname, 'the Singing Fisherman'. He also appeared on Stone's Hometown Jamboree on KLAC. Fabor Robinson became Horton's manager in 1951 and decided to sign him to his Abbott label (just like he did with Jim Reeves, who I discussed last week). Unlike Reeves, Horton did not have any success. He recorded for Mercury and Dot, but success was elusive. In 1951, he joined the Louisiana Hayride (like Reeves). 1953 found Horton married to Billie Jean Williams, herself widowed when Hank Williams passed away on New Year's of that year. His passion for fishing remained strong, but decided to persue music when she threatened to leave him. 1956 was a pivotal year for Horton as he signed to Columbia Records. His first single, Honky Tonk Man (written by Horton, his manager Tillman Franks, and Howard Hausey) hit #9 that year. He followed it with I'm A One Woman Man (#7 in 1956). 1957 started with an almost top ten in I'm Coming Home (#11). Two more top tens were produced: 1. The Woman I Need-1957-#9 2. All Grown Up-1958-#8 1959 was Horton's biggest year on the charts. Another Franks song was recorded, When It's Springtime In Alaska It's Forty Below. It ended up being the first of three chart toppers for Horton. It began a short lived country-folk period for Horton. If that song showed that Horton arrived, the next one just blew the roof off. The song was originally called The Eighth Of January. A teacher from Arkansas, Jimmy Driftwood wrote lyrics for the song and retitled it The Battle Of New Orleans. The song was released in April and climbed all the way to #1 in May where it stayed for ten weeks. It was Horton's first crossover hit, peaking at #1 on the pop chart for six weeks. It was the best selling single of the year and won two Grammy Awards: Best Country and Western Recording and Song of the Year. The fame Horton received from that song made him uncomfortable and he remained a 'reluctant star'. His next release was not as big as New Orleans, but ended up being a double-sided hit: Johnny Reb (#10)/Sal's Got A Sugar Lip (#19). That ended the 1950s for Horton. 1960 started for Horton on a crossover note when Sink The Bismarck finished in the top ten on two charts: #6 country and #3 pop. That came from the movie of the same name which was based on the sinking of the German battleship in World War II. It continued the saga song theme first established by New Orleans. Shortly after that record peaked, strange occurences started happening to Horton. He began having premonitions about his death. He recorded a song that was soon to be featured in a John Wayne movie called North To Alaska. The premier of the film was in Alaska (how appropriate), burt Horton refused to go, citing his ongoing premonitions. He did not fly on airplanes and constantly rescheduled appearances. We now come to November 4, 1960. His last performance was at the Skyline Club in Austin (where Hank Williams played his last concert). He played two sets that night and lingered at the club for as long as he could. He told Merle Kilgore he was going to die at the hands of a drunk driver. He finally left Austin and travelled the 200 miles plus back to Shreveport, Louisiana. During the early hours of the fifth, Horton and his guitarist, Tommy Tomlinson were indeed killed by a drunk driver. Horton was only 35 years old. The funeral was bizarre as Horton's psychic passed out fish drawing indicating Horton was up in heaven and Horton's brother finding Jesus. North To Alaska became Horton's first posthumous hit when it was his final #1 in 1961 and peaking at #4 on the pop chart. Three more posthumous hits were produced, two of them hitting the top 40 for the second time: 1. Sleepy-Eyed John-1961-#9 2. Honky Tonk Man-1962-#11 3. All Grown Up-1963-#26 His widow, Billie Jean Horton had a top 40 record herself called Ocean Of Tears in 1961 (#29). Horton continued to make an impact in country music after his death. He charted just one album, Johnny Horton On Stage in 1967 (#37). Fifteen years later, Clint Eastwood starred in a movie called Honkytonk Man. Marty Robbins sang the title track which was his last top ten in 1983 (#10). It was not the same Horton song. Dwight Yoakam sang it, becoming his first top ten in 1986 (#3). George Jones remade I'm A One Woman Man and turned it into a top ten in 1989 (#5). This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 18, 1959: 1. THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS-JOHNNY HORTON-COLUMBIA 2. White Lightning-George Jones-Mercury 3. Home-Jim Reeves-RCA 4. I'm In Love Again-George Morgan-Columbia 5. Black Land Farmer-Frankie Miller-Starday 6. A Thousand Miles Ago-Webb Pierce-Decca 7. When It's Springtime In Alaska It's Forty Below-Johnny Horton-Columbia 8. Luther Played The Boogie-Johnny Cash-Sun 9. Am I That Easy To Forget-Carl Belew-Decca 10. Heartaches By The Number-Ray Price-Columbia
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1. TRUCKIN' TO #1: Kip Moore lands his first #1 in Somethin' 'Bout A Truck. Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to land their first chart topper following: 1. David Nail-Let It Rain 2. Eric Church-Drink In My Hand 3. Lee Brice-A Woman Like You 4. Kip Moore-Somethin' 'Bout A Truck This is the first time a truck has been parked at #1 since Joe Diffie's Pickup Man reigned for four weeks between 1994-1995. 2. CHESNEY'S THIRD, MCGRAW'S FIRST: Feel Like A Rock Star, the duet between Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw is at #18 this week. It peaked at #11 last week, becoming the third time Chesney peaked there following A Chance in 1998 and She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy in 2000. This is the first time McGraw has peaked at #11. Furthermore, Rock Star ends Chesney's streak of 31 consecutive top tens. His last miss was back in 2001 when a rerelease of The Tin Man peaked at #19. Chesney has the Hot Shot Debut this week with Come Over at #24. It is the second single from his upcoming Welcome To The Fishbowl CD. 3. BROOKS & DUNN: They are neighbors this week, but Kix Brooks is at #36 with New To This Town with Joe Walsh and at #37 is Ronnie Dunn with Let The Cowboy Rock. 4. WANTED IT FAST: Lady Antebellum vaults fifteen spots this week to #42 with Wanted You More, the fastest climbing song of the week. 5. HALFWAY THERE: This column is talking about the chart action for the week ending June 2, 2012. We are halfway through Billboard 2012 (December, 2011-November, 2012). Let us review those songs that were #1 with weeks at #1. 1. Country Must Be Country Wide-Brantley Gilbert-1 2. We Owned The Night-Lady Antebellum-2 3. Keep Me In Mind-Zac Brown Band-4 4. Let It Rain-David Nail-1 5. Drink In My Hand-Eric Church-1 6. I Don't Want This Night To End-Luke Bryan-1 7. You-Chris Young-1 8. All Your Life-Band Perry-2 9. You Gonna Fly-Keith Urban-2 10. Reality-Kenny Chesney-1 11. Home-Dierks Bentley-1 12. Ours-Taylor Swift-1 13. Alone With You-Jake Owen-2 14. A Woman Like You-Lee Brice-1 15. Drink On It-Blake Shelton-2 16. Banjo-Rascal Flatts-1 17. Over You-Miranda Lambert-1 18. Fly Over States-Jason Aldean-1 19. Somethin' 'Bout A Truck-Kip Moore-1 so far 6. #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Some Hearts-Carrie Underwood-Arista 2002: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1997: Carrying Your Love With Me-George Strait-MCA 1992: Ropin' The Wind-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1987: Trio-Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris-Warner Bros. 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: We will start this week's feature with a headline: THE SOUNDSCAN ERA TURNS 21 This week's story will be easy to write, courtesy of Joel Whitburn's Top Country Albums reference book. On May 25, 1991 Billboard ushered in a new era in the compilation of its sales charts. Billboard now bases the Country Albums chart on actual units sold data as collected by point-of-sale scanning machines which read the album's UPC bar code. The music research firm SoundScan Inc. provides Billboard with the actual sales of all albums from a continually revised representative sampling of stores. On May 25, 1991 Billboard introduced their Top Country Catalog Albums chart. To be designated Country Catalog status, a title had to be at least two years old, still registering significant sales, and absent from ALL Billboard charts for a period of three consecutive months. On January 18, 1997 Billboard revised this chart's criteria. Now, albums are designated Country Catalog status if they are at least two years of age and drop below #100 on the Billboard 200 (Pop Albums chart). An album's position on the Top Country Albums chart makes no difference in its move to the Top Country Catalog Albums chart. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 25, 1991: 1. No Fences-Garth Brooks-Capitol 2. Garth Brooks-Garth Brooks-Capitol 3. Eagle When She Flies-Dolly Parton-Columbia 4. Electric Barnyard-Kentucky Headhunters-Mercury 5. Put Yourself In My Shoes-Clint Black-RCA 6. Rumor Has It-Reba McEntire-MCA 7. Chill Of An Early Fall-George Strait-MCA 8. Pure Hank-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 9. Here In The Real World-Alan Jackson-Arista 10. Love Can Build A Bridge-the Judds-RCA
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1. DOUBLE PARKED: Kip Moore is at #1 for the second week with Somethin' 'Bout A Truck. This is the first time an artist has scored a multi week #1 with their first chart topper since Jake Owen ruled for two weeks last year with his first #1, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. 2. HIGH DEBUTS: We have been treated to a lot of high debuts so far this year. Three come to mind: 1. #13 for Feel Like A Rock Star by Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw 2. #24 for Come Over by Chesney 3. #26 for Good Girl by Carrie Underwood Well, we can add other top 30 debut this week. It is by Big & Rich and the song is caled That's Why I Pray. It starts this week at #24 and it is their first time charting since a duet with Gretchen Wilson, Fake I.D. peaked at #47 last year. 3. THEIR TENTH: The Zac Brown Band finds themselves in familiar territory-the top two on the chart. No Hurry climbs one to #2 and so far all of their singles have hit that level. They are: 1. Chicken Fried-2008-#1 2. Whatever It Is-2009-#2 3. Toes-2009-#1 4. Highway 20 Ride-2010-#1 5. Free-2010-#1 6. As She's Walking Away-with Alan Jackson-2010-#1 7. Colder Weather-2011-#1 8. Knee Deep-with Jimmy Buffett-2011-#1 9. Keep Me In Mind-2011-#1-chart wise, their biggest hit 10. No Hurry-2012-#2 so far 4. COME FAST: Rascal Flatts have the fastest climbing song of the week as Come Wake Me Up flies fifteen spots (25% of the chart) to #44. 5. HOW APPROPRIATE: Right after Memorial Day, Jessie James makes her debut at #55 with Military Man. This is her second entry as her first, Boys In The Summer peaked at #58 in 2010. 6. A 00S LOOK: These were the chart topping hits during the last week of May during the 2000s: 2000: The Way You Love Me-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 2001: Ain't Nothing 'Bout You-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 2002: Drive For Daddy Gene-Alan Jackson-Arista 2003: I Believe-Diamond Rio-Arista 2004: Redneck Woman-Gretchen Wilson-Epic 2005: Making Memories Of Us-Keith Urban-Capitol 2006: Settle For A Slowdown-Dierks Bentley-Capitol 2007: Good Directions-Billy Currington-Mercury 2008: I'm Still A Guy-Brad Paisley-Arista 2009: It Happens-Sugarland-Mercury 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: It was announced last week that Tim McGraw would be signing to his second record label, this one with Big Machine. Let me take you to a happier time in his life on both personal and professional levels when he and his wife (during their newlywed period, 1996-1997) were ready to top the chart for six weeks with their biggest duet. Her name of course is Faith Hill and the song is It's Your Love. 1994 was a breakthrough year for both artists. Hill was first to have a top ten and #1 in Wild One (which hit top ten in late 1993). Shortly after that record peaked, McGraw landed his first top ten in Indian Outlaw (#8). Getting back to Hill, she went two for two when a remake of a Janis Joplin hit, Piece Of My Heart hit #1 (even though at the time, Hill did not know it was a previously recorded song). Then McGraw landed the first of his 23 chart toppers in Don't Take The Girl. Hill faltered a bit when But I Will peaked at #35. McGraw landed his first #2 hit in Down On The Farm. Then Hill rebounded with her first #2 in Take Me As I Am. That was the title track of her debut CD, which ended the era for her. McGraw responded with the title track of his CD, Not A Moment Too Soon, which was his second chart topper in 1995. He ended that era on a #5 note with Refried Dreams. If 1994 was a great year for both artists, 1995 would be even better. Both Hill and McGraw released their next CDs during the summer that year. Both entererd the top 40 with their lead singles during the same week: Hill with Let's Go To Vegas (#5) off her It Matters To Me CD and McGraw with I Like It, I Love It (#1 and the biggest hit of the year) off his All I Want CD. They met that year and said they would love to tour together (which they did in 1996). Hill's CD continued to generate hits until 1997: 1. It Matters To Me-1996-#1 2. Someone Else's Dream-1996-#3 3. You Can't Lose Me-1996-#6 4. I Can't Do That Anymore-1997-#8 McGraw did the same with his CD: 1. Can't Be Really Gone-1995-#2 2. All I Want Is A Life-1996-#5 3. She Never Lets It Go To Her Heart-1996-#1 4. Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It-1997-#4 However, a friendship developed between the two in 1995 and started to blossom to the next level in 1996 when McGraw embarked on his Spontaneous Combustion Tour. He picked Hill as his opening act. He did something more with her when he asked her to marry him (I think she said yes). The marriage took place in October, 1996. In the meantime, McGraw was working on his next CD called Everywhere. Its first single, It's Your Love, a duet with Hill was released in April, 1997 and climbed all the way to #1 in June (I am showing the chart the week before it hit #1). In the video, Hill is pregnant with their first daughter. It became the biggest hit of the year. It became Hill's biggest hit until Breathe displaced it in 2000 and McGraw's biggest hit until Live Like You Were Dying replaced it in 2004. Hill's third CD, Faith strated on a #1 note with This Kiss in 1998 and she followed it with her second duet with McGraw on Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me (#3 in 1998). Her next CD, Breathe yielded the title track (#1 in 1999 and 2000), The Way You Love Me (#1 in 2000), and a third Hill-McGraw duet in Let's Make Love (#6). Their next duet happened five years later off her Fireflies CD, Like We Never Loved At All (#5 in 2005). Another duet, I Need You hit #8 in 2007. That was off of McGraw's Let It Go CD. More recently, McGraw and his former label, Curb Records went to court to see if McGraw's obligation to the label was over. He claimed he submitted his last CD to them called Emotional Traffic. They claimed the songs he recorded were right after his previous CD, Southern Voice and not recorded a year after that CD. The court ruled in McGraw's favor. Curb rush released Better Than I Used To Be (#7 this week). Kenny Chesney released the lead single of his Welcome To The Fishbowl CD, Feel Like A Rock Star with McGraw. Despite debuting at a lucky #13, it peaked at #11. During the same week it peaked, Big Machine announced it had signed McGraw to its roster. Hill recently made a top 40 appearance with Come Home (#26) off of her upcoming Illusion CD. They will be celebrating their sweet sixteenth anniversary this October. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 31, 1997: 1. Sittin' On Go-Bryan White-Asylum 2. One Night At A Time-George Strait-MCA 3. IT'S YOUR LOVE-TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL-CURB 4. A Girl's Gotta Do What A Girl's Gotta Do-Mindy McCready-BNA 5. Who's Cheatin' Who-Alan Jackson-Arista 6. I Miss You A Little-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 7. She's Sure Taking It Well-Kevin Sharp-Asylum 8. A Little More Love-Vince Gill-MCA 9. Sad Lookin' Moon-Alabama-RCA 10. The Light In Your Eyes-LeAnn Rimes-Curb
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1. CARRIE'S GOOD AT #1: Carrie Underwood gets chart topper #12 this week with Good Girl, the lead single of her #1 CD, Blown Away. In the meantime, she extends her chart topping streak of years to seven (the longest current streak by a female artist). The years and hits are: 2006: Jesus, Take The Wheel-chart wise, her biggest hit and Before He Cheats 2007: Wasted and So Small 2008: All-American Girl, Last Name, and Just A Dream 2009: Cowboy Casanova 2010: Temporary Home and Undo It 2011: Remind Me with Brad Paisley 2012: Good Girl If she can top the charts for the next six years (2013-2018), she will have the longest consecutive streak of years. Loretta Lynn holds the record for females at twelve (1967-1978). 2. TOBY'S TRIFECTA: At #10 this week is Toby Keith's Beers Ago. It is the third top ten from his Clancy's Tavern CD following Made In America (#1 in 2011) and Red Solo Cup (#9 this year). He has not had a trio of top tens from one CD since 2008's That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy. Those hits were: 1. She Never Cried In Front Of Me-2008-#1 2. God Love Her-2009-#1 3. Lost You Anyway-2009-#10 3. WELCOME BACK: The Mavericks end an eight year absence on the charts this week by scoring the Hot Shot Debut at #54 with Born To Be Blue. It is their Valory debut as well. The last time they were on the chart was back in 2004 when The Air That I Breathe peaked at #59. Their biggest hit is 1996's All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down (#13). 4. ABOUT TIME: Since its release in March, Lionel Richie's duets CD, Tuskegee has not produced a country chart entry. That changes this week as his remake of his only top ten, Deep River Woman (with Little Big Town) debuts at #60. The original (with Alabama) peaked at #10 in early 1987. This is Richie's third time on the chart as his first country appearance was back in 1984 with Stuck On You (#24). This single, on Mercury is the fourth label Little Big Town has charted and their second time charting on Mercury. They have charted on Monument (Don't Waste My Time-#33 in 2002), Equity (Boondocks-#9 in 2005), Mercury (Life In A Northern Town with Sugarland and Jake Owen-#28 in 2008), and Capitol (Little White Church-#6 in 2010). 5. A TIE: Rascal Flatts and Jake Owen have the fastest climbing songs of the week. They are, respectively: 1. Come Wake Me Up-#44 to #36 2. The One That Got Away-#47 to #39 6. A 00S LOOK PART II: These were the top selling CDs during the first week of June during the 2000s: 2000: I Hope You Dance-Lee Ann Womack-MCA 2001: Set This Circus Down-Tim McGraw-Curb 2002: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2003: Greatest Hits-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 2004: Here For The Party-Gretchen Wilson-Epic 2005: Honkytonk University-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 2006: Taking The Long Way-Dixie Chicks-Monument 2007: Some Hearts-Carrie Underwood-Arista 2008: Julianne Hough-Julianne Hough-Mercury 2009: Greatest Hits II-Kenny Chesney-BNA 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Keith Whitley continues to influence country music to this day. Look at the timing of Tim McGraw's signing to Big Machine last month. It was during the 23rd anniversary of the death of Whitley and the 23rd anniversary of McGraw moving to Nashville. A tribute CD was released five years after his death called Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album. A song from the CD, When You Say Nothing At All peaked at #3 seventeen years ago this week for Alison Krauss and Union Station. Whitley signed to RCA Records in 1984. Whitley's breakthrough CD was released in 1985 called L.A. To Miami and contained the following hits: 1. Miami, My Amy-1986-#14 2. Ten Feet Away-1986-#9 3. Homecoming '63-1987-#9 4. Hard Livin'-1987-#10 The Golden Age of Keith Whitley happened during the last year of his life when his Don't Close Your Eyes CD was released. Four more hits were produced: 1. Some Old Side Road-1988-#16 2. Don't Close Your Eyes-1988-#1 3. When You Say Nothing At All-1988-#1 4. I'm No Stranger To The Rain-1989-#1-chart wise, his biggest hit and C.M.A. Single of the Year A month after title #4 hit #1, Whitley died of alcohol poisoning. He was two months shy of 34. That did not silence Whitley as he collected six more hits from three CDs: 1. I Wonder Do You Think Of Me: a. I Wonder Do You Think Of Me-1989-#1 b. It Ain't Nothin'-1990-#1 c. I'm Over You-1990-#3 2. Greatest Hits: a. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose-with Lorrie Morgan-1990-#13-C.M.A. Vocal Event of the Year 3. Kentucky Bluebird: a. Brotherly Love-with Earl Thomas Conley-1991-#2 b. Somebody's Doin' Me Right-1992-#15 Then, a bunch of country artists (the majority of them being new artists) gathered together to record a tribute CD to Whitley. The track listing for Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album is as follows: 1. Don't Close Your Eyes-Alan Jackson 2. Ten Feet Away-Diamond Rio 3. I'm Gonna Hurt Her On The Radio-Keith Whitley 4. I'm Over You-Tracy Lawrence 5. When You Say Nothing At All-Alison Krauss and Union Station 6. Charlotte's In North Carolina-Keith Whitley 7. I Just Want You-Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan 8. Little Boy Lost-Daron Norwood 9. All I Ever Loved Was You-Ricky Skaggs and Shenandoah 10. I'm No Stranger To The Rain-Joe Diffie 11. I Never Go Around Mirrors-Mark Chesnutt 12. Come Back Kid-Keith Whitley 13. A Voice That Still Rings True-Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, and Lisa Stewart While that CD was being recorded in 1994, a development was happening with one of its participating artists. Shenandoah, after a two CD association with RCA (where they had a sextet of top 40 hits between 1992-1994 including a #1 in If Bubba Can Dance I Can Too in 1994) switched to Liberty Records. Their debut hit for them, the title track of their CD In The Vicinity Of The Heart (preceded by the word 'Somewhere') was a duet with Krauss, peaked at #7 in 1995 becoming their 14th top ten and Krauss' first. Seizing the moment, BNA released When You Say Nothing At All in April, 1995 and it proceeded to a #3 peak in June. Rounder Records, Krauss' label (since 1987) liked the tune as well and included it on her Now That I've Found You: A Collection CD. That became her best selling CD (double platinum). Radio stations even created a Whitley/Krauss 'duet' of When You Say Nothing At All. The tribute CD is certified at the gold level. What was even more surprising is that after ten years of being in the business, Krauss was a hitmaker. Her efforts did not go unnoticed as she was the big winner at the 1995 C.M.A. Awards. She won four of them: 1. Female Vocalist of the Year 2. Horizon Award 3. Single for When You Say Nothing At All 4. Vocal Event with Shenandoah for Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart She continued to have major country successes with Vince Gill on High Lonesome Sound (#12 in 1996 and was the title track of his CD) and Brad Paisley on Whiskey Lullaby (#3 in 2004 and was off his Mud On The Tires CD). The latter is Paisley's best vocal collaboration as Krauss' vocals are hauntingly beautiful (take that, Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban). I see she gets credit for backing up Kenny Rogers on his #1 hit in 2000, Buy Me A Rose (along with Billy Dean). Her last country chart appearance was back in 2007 when her remake of the John Waite hit, Missing You (with Waite) hit #34. That was off her A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection CD. Her last CD was released last year called Paper Airplane (her only #1 country CD). That won a Grammy Award this year for Best Bluegrass Album (her 27th award, making her the most awarded female at the Grammys). This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 10, 1995: 1. Summer's Comin'-Clint Black-RCA 2. You Ain't Much Fun-Toby Keith-Polydor 3. WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL-ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION-BNA 4. I Don't Believe In Goodbye-Sawyer Brown-Curb 5. Texas Tornado-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 6. I'm Still Dancin' With You-Wade Hayes-Columbia 7. You Don't Even Know Who I Am-Patty Loveless-Epic 8. Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye-John Berry-Patriot 9. Tell Me I Was Dreaming-Travis Tritt-Warner Bros. 10. If I Were You-Collin Raye-Epic
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1. THE BOSS IS #1: Sort of. Eric Church lands his second chart topping hit from his Chief CD this week with Springsteen. He also becomes the first artist this year to have two #1s as his first, Drink In My Hand was a chart topper in January. 2. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND: The Zac Brown Band is in No Hurry to launch a follow up to their recent #2 hit. The Wind lands the Hot Shot Debut this week at #27. It is the lead single from their Uncaged CD. If their track record suggests one thing, it is that The Wind should be a #1 hit. Their first single from The Foundation, Chicken Fried topped the chart in 2008. As She's Walking Away with Alan Jackson, the lead single from You Get What You Give was #1 in 2010. 3. A TIE: We have a three way tie for fastest climbing songs of the week, each taking a four point jump. They are: 1. Over-Blake Shelton-#23 to #19 2. Come Wake Me Up-Rascal Flatts-#36 to #32 3. Pontoon-Little Big Town-#40 to #36 4. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping hits in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Moments-Emerson Drive-Midas 2002: Drive For Daddy Gene-Alan Jackson-Arista 1997: It's Your Love-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill-Curb 1992: Achy Breaky Heart-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1987: Forever And Ever, Amen-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 5. JENNINGS' 75: Had Waylon Jennings lived this week, he would be celebrating his 75th birthday. In honor of the occasion, we will be ranking his 75 biggest hits. For songs peaking at #1 or #2, weeks in those positions will be first followed by weeks in the top 40. For all other songs, their stay in the top 40 will determine their ranking. Ready? 1. Luckenbach, Texas Back To The Basics Of Love-with Willie Nelson-1977-6-14 2. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys-with Willie Nelson-1978-4-12 3. Good Hearted Woman-with Willie Nelson-1976-3-13 4. Amanda-1979-3-11 5. I've Always Been Crazy-1978-3-11 6. Just To Satisfy You-with Willie Nelson-1982-2-12 7. Come With Me-1979-2-12 8. The Wurlitzer Prize I Don't Want To Get Over You-1977-2-11 9. Highwayman-with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson-1985-1-14 10. Rose In Paradise-1987-1-14 11. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way-1975-1-13 12. Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard Good Ol' Boys-1980-1-12 13. Lucille You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will-1983-1-12 14. I Ain't Living Long Like This-1980-1-11 15. This Time-1974-1-09 16. I'm A Ramblin' Man-1974-1-09 17. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line-1968-5-18 (#2) 18. Drinkin' And Dreamin'-1985-2-14 (#2) 19. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang-with Johnny Cash-1978-2-10 (#2) 20. Rainy Day Woman-1975-1-11 (#2) 21. Suspicious Minds-with Jessi Colter-1976-1-11 (#2) 22. Good Hearted Woman-1972 (#3) 23. Brown Eyed Handsome Man-1970 (#3) 24. Women Do Know How To Carry On-1982 (#4) 25. I Got You-with Anita Carter-1968 (#4) 26. I May Be Used But Baby I Ain't Used Up-1984 (#4) 27. Can't You See-1976 (#4) 28. Yours Love-1969 (#5) 29. Wrong-1990 (#5) 30. The Taker-1970 (#5) 31. Walk On Out Of My Mind-1968 (#5) 32. Will The Wolf Survive-1986 (#5) 33. Shine-1982 (#5) 34. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand-1978 (#5) 35. America-1984 (#6) 36. My Rough And Rowdy Days-1987 (#6) 37. Pretend I Never Happened-1972 (#6) 38. Leave Them Boys Alone-with Hank Williams, Jr. and Ernest Tubb-1983 (#6) 39. Never Could Toe The Mark-1984 (#6) 40. Working Without A Net-1986 (#7) 41. Sweet Dream Woman-1972 (#7) 42. Are You Ready For The Country-1977 (#7) 43. You Can Have Her-1973 (#7) 44. Clyde-1980 (#7) 45. The Chokin' Kind-1967 (#8) 46. What You'll Do When I'm Gone-1986 (#8) 47. Fallin' Out-1987 (#8) 48. You Ask Me To-1973 (#8) 49. Take It To The Limit-with Willie Nelson-1983 (#8) 50. That's What You Get For Lovin' Me-1966 (#9) 51. Waltz Me To Heaven-1985 (#10) 52. Breakin' Down-1983 (#10) 53. Wild Side Of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels-with Jessi Colter-1981 (#10) 54. Dreaming My Dreams With You-1975 (#10) 55. Green River-1967 (#11) 56. Singer Of Sad Songs-1970 (#12) 57. Cedartown, Georgia-1971 (#12) 58. Mental Revenge-1967 (#12) 59. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay-with Willie Nelson-1982 (#13) 60. The Devil's On The Loose-1986 (#13) 61. Mississippi Woman-1971 (#14) 62. High Ridin' Heroes-with David Lynn Jones-1988 (#14) 63. Desperados Waiting For A Train-with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson-1985 (#15) 64. The Conversation-with Hank Williams, Jr.-1983 (#15) 65. Stop The World And Let Me Off-1965 (#16) 66. Don't Let The Sun Set On You Tulsa-1971 (#16) 67. If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now-1988 (#16) 68. Time To Bum Again-1966 (#17) 69. Anita, You're Dreaming-1966 (#17) 70. Storms Never Last-with Jessi Colter-1981 (#17) 71. Something's Wrong In California-1969 (#19) 72. The Days Of Sand And Shovels-1969 (#20) 73. Hold On, I'm Comin'-with Jerry Reed-1983 (#20) 74. I Wish I Was Crazy Again-with Johnny Cash-1980 (#22) 75. The Eagle-1991 (#22) 6. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: How does one celebrate their 40th birthday? Well, if you're Waylon Jennings, you celebrate by not only having the #1 hit in America, but the biggest hit in your career. He did so 35 years ago this week with Luckenbach, Texas Back To The Basics Of Love. He even celebrated the occasion with Willie Nelson. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 18, 1977: 1. LUCKENBACH, TEXAS BACK TO THE BASICS OF LOVE-WAYLON JENNINGS AND WILLIE NELSON-RCA 2. That Was Yesterday-Donna Fargo-Warner Bros. 3. Married But Not To Each Other-Barbara Mandrell-ABC/Dot 4. Your Man Loves You, Honey-Tom T. Hall-Mercury 5. I Can't Help Myself-Eddie Rabbitt-Elektra 6. I'll Be Leaving Alone-Charley Pride-RCA 7. It's A Cowboy Lovin' Night-Tanya Tucker-MCA 8. I Was There-Statler Brothers-Mercury 9. Head To Toe-Bill Anderson-MCA 10. Don't Go City Girl On Me-Tommy Overstreet-ABC/Dot
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1. HIS GREATEST: Eric Church holds the #1 position for a second week with Springsteen. It becomes his greatest hit so far as his other #1, Drink In My Hand ruled for seven days this year. 2. A COLUMBIA FIRST: After charting on the BNA label between 1995-2012, Kenny Chesney collects his first top ten for his 'new' label, Columbia. It is Come Over and it is at #10 for the week. BNA has been eliminated by Sony. It is part of Sony reorganizing their labels. It takes us back to last year when Sony eliminated Columbia in favor of RCA. Right after that happened, Miranda Lambert, originally a Columbia artist, collected her first top ten with RCA with Baggage Claim (#3). 3. AFTER FIVE TRIES: Gloriana collects their first top ten with Kissed You Good Night at #9. This is their fifth single release. Their first single, Wild At Heart peaked at #15 in 2009. Their next three singles all peaked between #34-#37 between 2009-2011. 4. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Crossing into the top 20 for the first time is Thomas Rhett with Something To Do With My Hands at #19. He is the son of Rhett Akins, who scored a trio of major hits between 1995-1996: 1. That Ain't My Truck-1995-#3 2. She Said Yes-1996-#17 3. Don't Get Me Started-1996-#1 5. AN IDOL SHOWDOWN: Two American Idol contestants make their debuts this week. They are: 1. Casey James-He was the third place finalist on season nine of the show. He debuts at #54 with Crying On A Suitcase. It is his second single following Let's Don't Call It A Night which peaked at #21 this year. 2. Carrie Underwood-She was the fourth American Idol winner. She follows up her #1 Good Girl with the title track of her CD, Blown Away at #58. 6. LITTLE FAST: Little Big Town has the fastest climbing song of the week with Pontoon. It sails seven to #29. 7. THE EMI ERA HAS STARTED: After charting on the Arista label between 1989-2011, Alan Jackson's EMI debut CD, Thirty Miles West debuts at #1 after 73,000 copies were sold. This is his lucky 13th chart topping CD following: 1. A Lot About Livin' And A Little 'Bout Love-1992 2. Who I Am-1994 3. The Greatest Hits Collection-1995 4. Everything I Love-1996 5. High Mileage-1998 6. When Somebody Loves You-2000 7. Drive-2002 8. Greatest Hits Volume II And Some Other Stuff-2003 9. What I Do-2004 10. Precious Memories-2006 11. Like Red On A Rose-2006 12. Good Time-2008 13. Thirty Miles West-2012 8. #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Relentless-Jason Aldean-Broken Bow 2002: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1997: Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb 1992: Some Gave All-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1987: Always & Forever-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: You can say that Hank Williams, Jr. has been a performer for all his life. He was born in 1949 and was expected to be just like his father. A mountain climbing accident in 1975 and a change in labels in 1976 certainly changed his perspective. In 1985, while he was celebrating his 36th birthday, he released his 50th album called Five-O, which was our top seller 27 years ago this week. In 1982, he released his first greatest hits album for Warner/Elektra. Despite peaking at #5, it became his best selling album (quintuple platinum) and stayed on the chart for 342 weeks (6.6 years). Strong Stuff was next and it yielded two hits in 1983: Gonna Go Huntin' Tonight (#4) and Leave Them Boys Alone with Waylon Jennings and Ernest Tubb (#6). The latter tune was written by Tanya Tucker and was Tubb's last top ten before he died in 1984. Then, a song about his father, The Conversation was another collaboration with Jennings peaked at #15 in 1983 and came from Jennings' CD, Waylon And Company. Man Of Steel was released in late 1983 and it produced Queen Of My Heart (#5 in 1983) and the title track (#3 in 1984). Major Moves was next and it hit #1, becoming Bocephus' second chart topping album since Songs My Father Left Me in 1969. A trio of top tens were produced: 1. Attitude Adjustment-1984-#5 2. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight-1984-#10 3. Major Moves-1985-#10 Then Five-O was released and it started on a chart topping note when I'm For Love became Williams' seventh #1 and first since 1982's Honky Tonkin'. His ode to the night time soaps, Dallas and Dynasty was next called This Ain't Dallas. It proceeded to a #4 peak just before 1985 ended. The Five-O CD spent nine weeks at #1 in 1985, the last of those in August. Then Ray Charles released his duet with Williams off his Friendship CD, Two Old Cats Like Us and it hit #14. Five-O's third single, Ain't Misbehavin' was released in 1986 and it was the Fats Waller tune written in 1929. He was not sure how country radio would react to the song. His version features a 45 second outro. It became his eighth #1 hit in May. Then, something peculiar happened. The Five-O CD returned to #1 the same week he was #1 with Ain't Misbehavin' (nine months after it last topped the album chart). The CD also contains the late Warren Zevon's Lawyers, Guns, And Money. It was the last CD produced by Jimmy Bowen (1979's Family Tradition being first). A second greatest hits CD was #1 in 1986. Over the next three years, Williams would win five Entertainer of the Year Awards (three from the A.C.M. and two from the C.M.A.). His radio success tailed off during the early 1990s. More recently, he found himself in hot water when he said during an interview that President Obama and Adolf Hitler were alike. That led ESPN to drop All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight as the Monday Night Football theme (first used in 1991). He is set to release a CD called Old School New Rules. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 22, 1985: 1. FIVE-O-HANK WILLIAMS, JR.-WARNER BROS. 2. 40 Hour Week-Alabama-RCA 3. Sawyer Brown-Sawyer Brown-Capitol 4. Let It Roll-Mel McDaniel-Capitol 5. Step On Out-Oak Ridge Boys-MCA 6. Me And Paul-Willie Nelson-Columbia 7. Why Not Me-the Judds-RCA 8. Friendship-Ray Charles-Columbia 9. George Strait's Greatest Hits-George Strait-MCA 10. Don't Call Him A Cowboy-Conway Twitty-Warner Bros.
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1. DRUNK ON #1: Luke Bryan completes his fourth trip to the top of the chart this week with Drunk On You. He has something in common with last week's chart topping artist, Eric Church. Bryan collects his second #1 this year as I Don't Want This Night To End was #1 in February. Church topped the charts this year with Drink In My Hand and Springsteen. 2. PERRYS EQUALS FORESTERS: The Band Perry collects their fourth top ten hit this week with Postcard From Paris at #10. It follows: 1. If I Die Young-2010-#1 2. You Lie-2011-#2 3. All Your Life-2012-#1 4. Postcard From Paris-2012-#10 so far They follow the Forester Sisters as the second all-sibling group to land a quartet of top tens from one CD. The Foresters did it with these hits from their self-titled debut CD: 1. That's What You Do When You're In Love-1985-#10 2. I Fell In Love Again Last Night-1985-#1 3. Just In Case-1986-#1 4. Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes-1986-#1 3. BLOWN FAST: Carrie Underwood has the fastest climbing song of the week as Blown Away vaults eleven to #47. 4. HOW APPROPRIATE: The Band Perry is on the chart this week at #60 with the Star Spangled Banner as we are ready to celebrate the nation's 236th birthday. 5. A 90S LOOK: These were the chart topping songs during the last week of June during the 1990s: 1990: Love Without End, Amen-George Strait-MCA 1991: The Thunder Rolls-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1992: Achy Breaky Heart-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1993: That Summer-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1994: Wink-Neal McCoy-Atlantic 1995: Sold The Grundy County Auction Incident-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 1996: Time Marches On-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 1997: It's Your Love-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill-Curb 1998: If You See Him/If You See Her-Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn-MCA/Arista 1999: Write This Down-George Strait-MCA 6. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Last year, Randy Travis released a CD called Anniversary Celebration. It marked his silver anniversary of being a recording artist. Let us celebrate the silver anniversary of Forever And Ever, Amen being the #1 song 25 years ago this week. Seeing since I covered Travis' career several times in this section, I will not give a long story this week. Suffice to say, Forever And Ever, Amen made Travis the hottest country artist throughout the rest of the 1980s. The CD from which it came, Always & Forever was spending its second week being the top seller. It ended up spending 43 weeks at the top, second to Shania Twain's Come On Over CD (50 weeks at #1). The CD is Travis' best seller at over the five million mark. Forever And Ever, Amen became the first three week #1 since Johnny Lee's Lookin' For Love in 1980 (I am showing the third chart topping week for the song). It was Travis' biggest hit until 1990 when Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart ruled for four weeks. The CD contained three more #1s: 1. I Won't Need You Anymore Always And Forever-1987 2. Too Gone Too Long-1988 3. I Told You So-1988 I Told You So came back in a big way in 2009. It was the fifth single release from Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride CD. After she and Travis sang it on American Idol, Arista rereleased it in duet form. It peaked at #2 for two weeks while claiming a #9 spot on the Hot 100. Forever And Ever, Amen made a comeback as well. It is available on the new Travis CD as a duet with the Zac Brown Band. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 27, 1987: 1. FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN-RANDY TRAVIS-WARNER BROS. 2. That Was A Close One-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 3. All My Ex's Live In Texas-George Strait-MCA 4. Chains Of Gold-Sweethearts of the Rodeo-Columbia 5. You're My First Lady-T.G. Sheppard-Columbia 6. Love You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me-John Schneider-MCA 7. You're Never Too Old For Young Love-Eddy Raven-RCA 8. I Know Where I'm Going-the Judds-RCA 9. Another World-Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris-Warner Bros. 10. The Weekend-Steve Wariner-MCA
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1. STILL DRUNK: Luke Bryan continies to hold on to the #1 spot with Drunk On You. This is his second multi week #1 as his first was his first #1: Rain Is A Good Thing from 2010. If Drunk On You manages a third week at #1, it will be Bryan's biggest hit. 2. WELCOME BACK: Love And Theft collect their second top ten hit in Angel Eyes at #10. They have not seen the top ten since their debut, Runaway in 2009 (#10). Since then, they had to switch labels as their first, Lyric Street was shut down and they signed to RCA and they have been reduced to a duo as Brian Bandas left in 2011. 3. THEIR FIRST IN FIVE YEARS: Big & Rich collect their sith top 20 hit in That's Why I Pray at #19. They have not seen the top 20 in five years when Lost In This Moment became their only #1 hit (and top ten as well). Their major hits are: 1. Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy-2004-#11 2. Holy Water-2005-#15 3. Big Time-2005-#20 4. 8th Of November-2006-#18 5. Lost In This Moment-2007-#1 6. That's Why I Pray-2012-#19 so far 4. CREEPIN' FAST: Eric Church has the fastest climbing song of the week as Creepin' does not creep, but moves up nine to #45. 5. A 90S LOOK PART II: These were the top selling CDs during the first week of July during the 1990s: 1990: Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 1991: No Fences-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1992: Some Gave All-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1993: It Won't Be The Last-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1994: Not A Moment Too Soon-Tim McGraw-Curb 1995: John Michael Montgomery-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 1996: The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury 1997: Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb 1998: Hope Floats-Soundtrack-Capitol 1999: Come On Over-Shania Twain-Mercury 6. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: This feature of the Country ChartBeat will return next week. Happy 4th of July to everyone!
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1. TWO FOR TWO: Brantley Gilbert scores his second #1 in You Don't Know Her Like I Do. This is his second chart appearance as his first, Country Must Be Country Wide went to #1 last year. 2. TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: Tim McGraw debuts TWO singles this week on the chart. Truck Yeah, his debut for Big Machine lands at #22. It is the second highest debut this year as his duet with Kenny Chesney, Feel Like A Rock Star started at #13. His other song, Right Back Atcha Babe debuts at #59. That is from his Emotional Traffic CD from his former (maybe) label, Curb. 3. A TIE: We have a trio of songs taking six spot jumps for the fastest climbers of the week. They are: 1. Blown Away-Carrie Underwood-#46 to #40 2. Beer Money-Kip Moore-#50 to #44 3. Let There Be Cowgirls-Chris Cagle-#56 to #50 4. A LOGJAM: These songs stay in their positions for the second week just outside the top ten: 11. Over-Blake Shelton 12. Time Is Love-Josh Turner 13. For You-Keith Urban 14. Why Ya Wanna-Jana Kramer 15. Cowboys And Angels-Dustin Lynch 16. Something To Do With My Hands-Thomas Rhett 5. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping songs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Lucky Man-Montgomery Gentry-Columbia 2002: I'm Gonna Miss Her The Fishin' Song-Brad Paisley-Arista 1997: It's Your Love-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill-Curb 1992: I Saw The Light-Wynonna Judd-MCA 1987: All My Ex's Live In Texas-George Strait-MCA 6. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: I am lying to you already. How? Well, back in February I had discussed how Billboard changed the name of their country chart from Hot Country Singles to Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs). That was in 1990. In January of that year, they changed the size of their chart from 100 positions to 75 (now 60). The first 100 position chart was published 39 years ago this week. The reigning C.M.A. Entertainer of the Year, Loretta Lynn lead the list with her ninth #1 hit, Love Is The Foundation. So, without further ado, let us present the first 100 position country chart. Ready?
BILLBOARD TOP 100 FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 14, 1973: 1. Love Is The Foundation-Loretta Lynn-MCA 2. Don't Fight The Feelings Of Love-Charley Pride-RCA 3. Why Me-Kris Kristofferson-Monument 4. You Were Always There-Donna Fargo-Dot 5. Ravishing Ruby-Tom T. Hall-Mercury 6. Southern Loving-Jim Ed Brown-RCA 7. Lord, Mr. Ford-Jerry Reed-RCA 8. You Give Me You-Bobby G. Rice-Metromedia 9. Top Of The World-Lynn Anderson-Columbia 10. Touch The Morning-Don Gibson-Hickory 11. Trip To Heaven-Freddie Hart-Capitol 12. Satin Sheets-Jeanne Pruett-MCA 13. She's All Woman-David Houston-Epic 14. Kids Say The Darndest Things-Tammy Wynette-Epic 15. Come Early Morning-Don Williams-JMI 16. Mr. Lovemaker-Johnny Paycheck-Epic 17. Slippin' And Slidin'-Billy Crash Craddock-ABC 18. Send Me No Roses-Tommy Overstreet-Dot 19. Too Much Monkey Business-Freddy Weller-Columbia 20. Travelin' Man-Dolly Parton-RCA 21. Am I That Easy To Forget-Jim Reeves-RCA 22. Ride Me Down Easy-Bobby Bare-RCA 23. Yellow Ribbon-Johnny Carver-ABC 24. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man-Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty-MCA 25. I Can Feel The Leavin' Coming On/I Loved You All Over The World-Cal Smith-MCA 26. If She Helps Me Get Over You-Sonny James-Columbia 27. What About Me-Anne Murray-Capitol 28. We Had It All-Waylon Jennings-RCA 29. Nothing Ever Hurt Me Half As Bad-George Jones-Epic 30. A Good Love Is Like A Good Song-Bob Luman-Epic 31. Everybody's Had The Blues-Merle Haggard-Capitol 32. Thank You For Being You-Mel Tillis-MGM 33. Woman Without A Home-Statler Brothers-Mercury 34. Hank-Hank Williams, Jr.-MGM 35. Slippin' Away-Jean Shepard-United Artists 36. If Teardrops Were Pennies-Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner-RCA 37. I Used It All On You-Nat Stuckey-RCA 38. Dirty Old Man-George Hamilton IV-RCA 39. I Can't Believe It's Over-Skeeter Davis-RCA 40. The Corner Of My Life-Bill Anderson-MCA 41. The Good Old Days-Buck Owens and Susan Raye-Capitol 42. Just Thank Me-David Rogers-Atlantic 43. Drift Away-Narvel Felts-Cinnamon 44. Dream Painter-Connie Smith-RCA 45. MM-MM-Good-Del Reeves-United Artists 46. A Man And A Train-Marty Robbins-MCA 47. You Always Come Back To Hurting Me-Johnny Rodriguez-Mercury 48. Watergate Blues/Spokane Motel Blues-Tom T. Hall-Mercury 49. Sweet Country Woman-Johnny Duncan-Columbia 50. Your Side Of The Bed-Mac Davis-Columbia 51. Put Me Down Softly-Dickey Lee-RCA 52. Old Faithful-Tony Booth-Capitol 53. Queen Of The Silver Dollar-Doyle Holly-Barnaby 54. Riders In The Sky-Roy Clark-Dot 55. I Hate You/All Together Now Let's Fall Apart-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 56. Born A Fool-Freddie Hart-MCA 57. Darling You Always Come Back-Jody Miller-Epic 58. Would You Walk With Me Jimmy-Arlene Harden-Columbia 59. Here Comes The World Again-Johnny Bush-RCA 60. It's A Man's World-Diana Trask-Dot 61. Can I Sleep In Your Arms-Jeannie Seely-MCA 62. Sunshine-Mickey Newbury-Elektra 63. My Last Day-Tony Douglas-Dot 64. Mr. Ting-A-Ling-George Morgan-MCA 65. Shenandoah-Charlie McCoy-Monument 66. Awful Lot To Learn About Truck Drivin'-Red Simpson-Capitol 67. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown-Anthony Armstrong Jones-Epic 68. She Feels So Good I Hate To Put Her Down-Ronnie Sessions-MGM 69. Hush-Jeannie C. Riley-MGM 70. I Wish It Would Rain-O.B. McClinton-Enterprise 71. Naughty Girl-Guy Shannon-Cinnamon 72. Shotgun Willie-Willie Nelson-Atlantic 73. What's Your Mama's Name-Tanya Tucker-Columbia 74. Open Up Your Heart-Roger Miller-Columbia 75. Last Will And Testimony-Howard Crockett-Dot 76. Farther Down The River-Tennessee Ernie Ford-Capitol 77. The Same Old Way-Stan Hitchcock-Cinnamon 78. If The Whole World Stopped Lovin'-Eddy Arnold-MGM 79. I Wish You Had Stayed-Brian Collins-Dot 80. China Night-Dick Curless-Capitol 81. Wake Up Jacob-Porter Wagoner-RCA 82. The Hand Of Love-Billy Walker-MGM 83. Tomorrow Night-Charlie Rich-RCA 84. New York Callin' Miami-Kent Fox-MCA 85. Today Will Be The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life-LaWanda Lindsey-Capitol 86. Love Ain't Worth A Dime Unless It's Free-Wynn Stewart-RCA 87. I Miss You The Most When You're Here-Sammi Smith-Mega 88. Nashville-Ray Stevens-Barnaby 89. Here Comes My Little Baby-Pat Roberts-Dot 90. Love In The Back Street-Little David Wilkins-MCA 91. Today I Started Loving You Again-Kenny Rogers and the First Edition-Jolly Rogers 92. The Great Filling Station Hold Up-Jim Buffett-Dunhill 93. I'll Be Satisfied-Don Adams-Atlantic 94. Here Comes The Sun-Lloyd Green-Monument 95. Dream Weaver-Jacky Ward-Mega 96. The Lovin' Of Your Life-Penny DeHaven-Mercury 97. Here With You-Bobby Lewis-Ace of Hearts 98. Sold American-Kinky Friedman-Vanguard 99. If You've Got The First Time-Red Steagall-Capitol 100. Where The Lilacs Grow-Slim Whitman-United Artists
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1. A YOUNG #1: The Eli Young Band collects their second #1 hit in Even If It Breaks Your Heart. It is the follow up to their first, Crazy Girl which became the biggest hit of 2011. 2. A SHELTON FIRST: Blake Shelton collects his fourth top ten from his Red River Blue CD as Over climbs two to #9. It follows his chart toppers from the CD: Honey Bee and God Gave Me You from 2011 and Drink On It from this year. His only other CD to yield a quartet of top 40 hits is his 2004 CD Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill. Those hits were: 1. When Somebody Knows You That Well-2004-#37 2. Some Beach-2004-#1 3. Goodbye Time-2005-#10 4. Nobody But Me-2006-#4 As you can tell, this is a marked improvement for Shelton. 3. STAY!: After debuting at #22 last week with Truck Yeah, Tim McGraw holds that position this week. It happened to him earlier this year when his duet with Kenny Chesney, Feel Like A Rock Star spent its first two weeks on the chart at #13. 4. CARRIED AWAY: Carrie Underwood has the fastest climbing song of the week as Blown Away breezes ten to #30. 5. TWICE THE OWEN: Colt Ford debuts his new single this week, Back at #59. It is a duet with Jake Owen. Owen himself is at #31 with the third single from Barefoot Blue Jean Night, The One That Got Away. 6. #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: 5th Gear-Brad Paisley-Arista 2002: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1997: Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb 1992: Some Gave All-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 1987: Always & Forever-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: There was a record label in Nashville that was in operation for four years (1984-1988). It was called MTM Records and owned by Mary Tyler Moore (yes, the famous actress). Their first signee, Judy Rodman gave them their first top 40 hit, their first top ten hit, and their first #1 hit. That #1 hit, Until I Met You hit the top of the chart 26 years ago this week. Talk about starting young! Tell me if you did these things at these ages. Rodman did! At four: she started singing harmony At six: started playing guitar At eight: started earning money by performing in her father's band She got into a wide variety of music while growing up (after all, she moved around quite a bit as a child). She liked Classical, Rock, Cajun, and Calypso music (what, no Country?). Judy became a jingle singer during her senior year in high school (again, starting young). Her first commercial was for Jeno's Pizza. She then studied music at Jacksonville University. She took a job at the Tanner Agency in Memphis. While there, she formed a group called Phase II with another jingle singer by the name of Janie Frickie. Karen Taylor-Good rounded out the trio. They played the nightclub circuit around Memphis and Nashville, where they were quite popular. In fact, Columbia Records decided to sign a very reluctant Frickie to a record deal in 1977. Shortly after Rodman lost Frickie, she started to do back up singing for a variety of artists. They are: O.V. Wright, Ann Peebles (both r&b artists), Charly McClain, Mel McDaniel, and O.B. McClinton. In the meantime, she married John Rodman in 1975 and moved to Nashville in 1980. She continued singing jingles and back up for practically ALL the country artists out there (like Frickie, whom Rodman backed up a time or two). Some #1s where Rodman was the back up singer include: 1. Only One You-T.G. Sheppard-1982 2. It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy-Frickie-1982 3. He's A Heartache Looking For A Place To Happen-Frickie-1983 4. Tell Me A Lie-Frickie-1983 5. You Look So Good In Love-George Strait-1984 6. Let's Fall To Pieces Together-Strait-1984 While Strait was on the chart with his songs, Rodman met Tommy West by Taylor-Good. West was famous for producing Jim Croce and Ed Bruce. West was chsoen Senior Vice President for MTM Records and signed Rodman to a record deal. Her 1985 debut CD, simply called Judy started with I've Been Had By Love Before (#40 in 1985). She followed that with You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (not the Brooks & Dunn song-#33 in 1985). Just before 1985 ended, she entered the chart with I Sure Need Your Lovin' (#30 in 1986). Shortly after that record peaked, she won the A.C.M. New Female Vocalist Award. Shortly after that success, Rodman released Until I Met You (originally recorded by Loretta Lynn for her 1980 album, Lookin' Good) in April and it climbed all the way to #1 in July, becoming the first top ten and #1 for MTM. MTM would strike top ten gold in the Girls Next Door (Slow Boat To China-#8), Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet (You Can't Stop Love-#9 and they would score MTM's only other #1 in 1987 with Baby's Got A New Baby), and Holly Dunn (Daddy's Hands-#7). Shortly after scoring her only #1, Rodman made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Judy ended on a #9 note in 1987 with She Thinks That She'll Marry. The CD contains her version of Come Next Monday which was K.T. Oslin's final chart topper in 1990. 1987 saw Rodman release her second CD called A Place Called Love. It started with Girls Ride Horses Too which hit #7. Her next hit came from an unexpected source. Bob Dylan professed to be a Rodman fan and decided to send her one of his compositions: I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (#5 in 1987). Her last major hit was in 1988 with I Want A Love Like That (#18). She appeared on the chart with two more songs that were not put on a CD: Goin' To Work and I Can Love You. While she was on the chart with the latter, MTM folded leaving her homeless (along with the Girls Next Door, Schuyler, Knobloch & Bickhardt, and Dunn with others). Not only is Rodman a fine singer, but a songwriter as well. She plays guitar and piano. After MTM went bankrupt, she went back to being a backup singer and started writing songs with a vengeance. One of her songs, Demons And Angels ended up being on Diamond Rio's 1992 CD, Close To The Edge. However, four years later she saw her name at the top of the page when LeAnn Rimes collected her only #1 with the Rodman penned One Way Ticket Because I Can. What is Rodman up to these days? Well, she decided to be a vocal coach and began working with a ton of artists. Her method is called Power, Path, And Performance which can be purchased on her website. She continues to write to this day. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 19, 1986: 1. UNTIL I MET YOU-JUDY RODMAN-MTM 2. On The Other Hand-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 3. Love At The Five And Dime-Kathy Mattea-Mercury 4. I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again-T. Graham Brown-Capitol 5. Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her-George Strait-MCA 6. All Tied Up-Ronnie McDowell-MCA 7. Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain-the Judds-RCA 8. You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight-John Schneider-MCA 9. Savin' My Love For You-Pake McEntire-RCA 10. Hearts Aren't Made To Break They're Made To Love-Lee Greenwood-MCA
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1. 5-1-5-0-IS-#1: Dierks Bentley collects the tenth #1 in his career with 5-1-5-0. It is the third #1 hit off his Home CD as Am I The Only One topped the chart last year and the title track did so this year. Furthermore, Home is his first CD to contain a trio of #1s. He came close with his Feel That Fire CD: two #1s (title track in 2009 and Sideways in 2009) plus a #2: I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes (2010). Second, this is his second time having three consecutive chart toppers. His first hat trick: 1. Come A Little Closer-2005-chart wise, his biggest hit 2. Settle For A Slowdown-2006 3. Every Mile A Memory-2006 In the weird fact department, 5-1-5-0 is the first country chart topper to consist of just numbers. Dolly Parton came close in 1981 with 9 To 5 (or 9 2 5). 2. A HIGH RIDE: Jason Aldean has the best start with one of his singles as Take A Little Ride debuts at #19. This is the second highest debuting single this year as the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw duet, Feel Like A Rock Star started at #13. This is Aldean's first time charting from a CD not associated with My Kinda Party in two years. 3. THEIR BIGGEST: Two artists are currently in the top five for the first time: Gloriana at #3 with Kissed You Good Night and Love And Theft at #5 with Angel Eyes. 4. ABOUT TIME: Ending a near two year drought in the top ten is Josh Turner's Time Is Love at #10. This is his sixth top ten and first since 2010's All Over Me (#1). 5. A FAST KISS: Luke Bryan has the fastest climbing song of the week as Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye smooches up ten to #45. 6. THEIR THIRD: American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery makes it to the top 40 a third time with Water Tower Town (at #40). His other top 40 appearances are: I Love You This Big-#15 in 2011 and The Trouble With Girls-#17 in 2012. The runner up, Lauren Alaina makes it to the chart for the third time as she debuts with Eighteen Inches (at #55). Her other appearances are: Like My Mother Does-#36 in 2011 and Georgia Peaches-#28 in 2012. 7. AN 80S LOOK: These were the chart topping hits during the last week of July during the 1980s: 1980: Dancin' Cowboys-Bellamy Brothers-Warner Bros. 1981: Dixie On My Mind-Hank Williams, Jr.-Elektra 1982: I Don't Care-Ricky Skaggs-Epic 1983: I Always Get Lucky With You-George Jones-Epic 1984: Angel In Disguise-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 1985: Forty Hour Week For A Livin'-Alabama-RCA 1986: Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her-George Strait-MCA 1987: Snap Your Fingers-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 1988: Don't We All Have The Right-Ricky Van Shelton-Columbia 1989: Cathy's Clown-Reba McEntire-MCA 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Kenny Chesney has been on the charts for almost two decades. He collected his fifth chart topping hit, The Good Stuff ten years ago this week which ended up being his biggest hit ever. Chesney released his debut CD in 1994 called In My Wildest Dreams on the Capricorn label. It went nowhere as its three singles were not big hits (one of them will de discussed later). After that CD ran its course, Chesney was dropped by Capricorn and signed to the BNA label (BNA would release In My Wildest Dreams after he achieved superstar status). His debut for BNA, All I Need To Know produced his breakthrough hit, Fall In Love in 1995 (#6) and the title track (#8). Grandpa Told Me So faltered at #23 in 1996. Me And You, his second BNA CD started with a single that peaked at #41: Back In My Arms Again (1996). Then he collected the first two #2 hits (out of ten) in his career with the title track (1996) and When I Close My Eyes (1997). His 1997 CD, I Will Stand took Chesney to a new plateau when She's Got It All became his first chart topping hit. He followed that with a near top ten in A Chance (#11 in 1998). Then another #2 was produced in That's Why I'm Here. The title track peaked at #27 in 1998. 1999 started with a bang with the release of the Everywhere We Go CD. He landed his biggest hit of the decade with How Forever Feels (six weeks at #1). He followed it with another #1, his first time charting consecutive #1s with You Had Me From Hello. Then, his most popular recurrent, She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy peaked at #11 in 2000. The fourth single, What I Need To Do hit #8. After five years at BNA, it was time for a greatest hits CD. All three singles pulled from the CD became major hits: 1. I Lost It-2000-#3 2. Don't Happen Twice-2001-#1 3. The Tin Man-2001-#19-a rerecording from his debut CD The CD is certified at the quadruple platinum level. His follow up CD, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was next and it started on a #2 note with Young in 2002. The Good Stuff was next and it was released in April and climbed all the way to #1 in July. It topped the chart for seven weeks. BOTH the American Country Countdown and Billboard named it their top song for the year. A Lot Of Things Different (#6 in 2003), Big Star (#2 in 2003), and No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (#2 in 2003) were the other hits off the album. The Chesney hit machine continued producing hit after hit. He also put out one platinum CD after another. He sold the most concert tickets over ANY other artist during the 2000s. His efforts were duly noted by the A.C.M. and C.M.A. as each organization gave him Entertainer of the Year four times. He recently released his thirteenth studio CD, Welcome To The Fishbowl which debuted at #1 country and #2 top 200. It started with his highest debut ever, a duet with Tim McGraw on Feel Like A Rock Star (at #13). It peaked at #11 a few weeks later. His second single, Come Over is at #2. If it hits #1, it will be the twenty-second of his career. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 27, 2002: 1. THE GOOD STUFF-KENNY CHESNEY-BNA 2. Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue The Angry American-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 3. Not A Day Goes By-Lonestar-BNA 4. The One-Gary Allan-MCA 5. My Heart Is Lost To You-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 6. I'm Gonna Miss Her The Fishin' Song-Brad Paisley-Arista 7. Long Time Gone-Dixie Chicks-Monument 8. Living And Living Well-George Strait-MCA 9. When You Lie Next To Me-Kellie Coffey-BNA 10. I Miss My Friend-Darryl Worley-Dreamworks
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1. COME OVER TO #1 CHESNEY: Kenny Chesney collects chart topper #22 in his career with Come Over. What this chart achievement does for Chesney: 1. It puts him at #14 on the list of those artists with the most #1s. At #13 is Tim McGraw with 23 chart toppers and at #15 is Buck Owens with 21 #1s. 2. It gives Chesney a 67th week at #1. He moves past Sonny James for eighth place. The top ten: 1. Eddy Arnold-145 2. Webb Pierce-111 3. George Strait-84 4. Hank Williams, Sr.-82 5. Buck Owens-82 6. Johnny Cash-69 7. Tim McGraw-68 8. Kenny Chesney-67 9. Sonny James-66 10. Marty Robbins-63 3. This was established when Reality hit the top this year, but it gives Chesney a 12th consecutive year topping the charts. The years and hits are: 2001-Don't Happen Twice 2002-The Good Stuff-chart wise, his biggest hit 2003-There Goes My Life 2004-When The Sun Goes Down-with Uncle Kracker 2005-Anything But Mine 2006-Living In Fast Forward and Summertime 2007-Beer In Mexico, Never Wanted Nothing More, and Don't Blink 2008-Better As A Memory and Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven with the Wailers 2009-Down The Road with Mac McAnally and Out Last Night 2010-The Boys Of Fall 2011-Somewhere With You and Live A Little 2012-Reality and Come Over 2. A LITTLE BIG TOP TEN: Reaching the top ten for the fourth time is Little Big Town with Pontoon (#9). It is their first in almost two years as Little White Church hit #6 in 2010. 3. HIS 28TH AND 2ND: Collecting his 28th consecutive top ten hit is Keith Urban's For You (#10). It is from the Act Of Valor soundtrack and the second in his career that is not on an Urban CD. His first one was Start A Band with Brad Paisley (#1 in 2009). That was from the Paisley CD Play. 4. A LOT OF BEER: The same week Beers Ago is relegated to the recurrent chart, Toby Keith has the Hot Shot Debut at #28 with I Like Girls That Drink Beer. 5. FAST INCHES: Lauren Alaina has the fastest climbing song of the week as Eighteen Inches climbs seven inches to #48. 6. AN 80S LOOK PART II: These were the top selling albums during the first week of August during the 1980s: 1980: Urban Cowboy-Soundtrack-Asylum 1981: Feels So Right-Alabama-RCA 1982: Always On My Mind-Willie Nelson-Columbia 1983: The Closer You Get-Alabama-RCA 1984: Major Moves-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 1985: 40-Hour Week-Alabama-RCA 1986: Storms Of Life-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 1987: Always & Forever-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 1988: Alabama Live-Alabama-RCA 1989: Sweet Sixteen-Reba McEntire-MCA 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Garth Brooks had the #1 hit fourteen years ago this week from a soundtrack. He would later include it in his first boxed set. The song was To Make You Feel My Love. 1997 was a very good year for Brooks. He was in the middle of a successful tour and was preparing to release his Sevens CD. However, the first hit of the year did NOT come from one of his CDs. That honor belongs to Trisha Yearwood (his future wife). She released the first single from her first greatest hits CD, Songbook-A Collection Of Hits called In Another's Eyes. It spent two weeks at #2. The duet would be included on Sevens. Between the time that song peaked until the first single from Sevens, Longneck Bottle was released, Brooks won his third C.M.A. Entertainer of the Year Award (his first win since 1992). Longneck Bottle was a three week #1 in late 1997. His next two singles were top two hits in 1998: She's Gonna Make It (#2) and Two Pina Coladas (#1). Then the Hope Floats movie was released. It starred Sandra Bullock, Gena Rowlands, and Harry Connick, Jr.. The movie has grossed over $81 million. The soundtrack topped the country chart for nine weeks, besting the Urban Cowboy soundtrack for the longest stay on top for soundtracks (Cowboy was #1 for eight weeks. O Brother, Where Art Thou is the leader at 35 weeks between 2001-2002). To Make You Feel My Love was the first single. It was released in May and made its way to #1 in August, becoming Brooks' 18th chart topper. It became the first song written by Bob Dylan to top the country chart. Dylan came close in 1987 when Judy Rodman made I'll Be Your Baby Tonight a #5 hit. It also peaked at #8 on the adult contemporary chart, becoming Brooks' first hit there. Ever the savvy marketer for his music (after all, he did graduate from Oklahoma State University with a degree in advertising), Brooks included the song in his first box set called The Limited Series to celebrate his tenth anniversary of signing with Capitol Records. His first six studio CDs were rereleased with a new song added to each CD. The CDs and new songs were: 1. Garth Brooks-Uptown Down Home Good Ol' Boy 2. No Fences-This Ain't Tennessee 3. Ropin' The Wind-Which One Of Them 4. The Chase-Something With A Ring To It 5. In Pieces-Anonymous 6. Fresh Horses-To Make You Feel My Love The box set sold two million physical copies, making it twelve times platinum. How the RIAA handled it was to simply add two million to each CD's sales. Fresh from those successes, Brooks continued to chart four more hits in 1998: 1. Burnin' The Roadhouse Down-with Steve Wariner, who wrote Longneck Bottle-#26 2. You Move Me-#3 3. Where Your Road Leads-with Yearwood-#18 4. It's Your Song-#9 While Brooks was on the chart with title #3, he picked up his fourth and final Entertainer of the Year from the C.M.A.. 1999 was the year Brooks became the Artist of the Decade from the A.C.M.. He took a weird turn that year when he decided to release a CD as a character called Chris Gaines for a movie that was never released: The Lamb. In 2000, Capitol Records celebrated Brooks' 100 million CDs sold. In 2001, Brooks released his Scarecrow CD which was his last for Capitol. He left the label in 2004 and entered an agreement with WalMart to release his second box set, also called The Limited Series. It spawned a top ten hit in Good Ride Cowboy in 2005 (#3). It was his tribute to Chris LeDoux, who died earlier in the year. That song was on the chart when he married Yearwood. Two major events happened in 2007: The Hope Floats soundtrack was rereleased. This version does not have the Brooks song on it. Second, Brooks ended his 'semi-retirement' by releasing The Ultimate Hits. A new song, More Than A Memory debuted at #1, becoming the first song to do so. The only thing Brooks is up to these days is doing a residence in Las Vegas with Yearwood. He said he will be touring in 2014 when his youngest daughter graduates from high school. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 1, 1998: 1. TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE-GARTH BROOKS-CAPITOL 2. Now That I Found You-Terri Clark-Mercury 3. There's Your Trouble-Dixie Chicks-Monument 4. I Can Still Feel You-Collin Raye-Epic 5. There Goes My Baby-Trisha Yearwood-MCA 6. Happy Girl-Martina McBride-RCA 7. From This Moment On-Shania Twain and Bryan White-Mercury 8. Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me-Faith Hill and Tim McGraw-Warner Bros. 9. I'm Alright-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 10. True-George Strait-MCA
1. CHESNEY EQUALS MCGRAW: Kenny Chesney is spending his second week at #1 with Come Over. He is also touring with Tim McGraw on their blockbuster, Brothers Of The Sun tour. He equals McGraw's 68 weeks at #1 with his 22 chart toppers. Their #1s and weeks at #1 are: Chesney: 1. She's Got It All-1997-3 2. How Forever Feels-1999-6 3. You Had Me From Hello-1999-1 4. Don't Happen Twice-2001-1 5. The Good Stuff-2002-7-chart wise, his biggest hit 6. There Goes My Life-2003-7 7. When The Sun Goes Down-with Uncle Kracker-2004-5 8. Anything But Mine-2005-2 9. Living In Fast Forward-2006-3 10. Summertime-2006-5 11. Beer In Mexico-2007-3 12. Never Wanted Nothing More-2007-5 13. Don't Blink-2007-4 14. Better As A Memory-2008-2 15. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven-with the Wailers-2008-2 16. Down The Road-with Mac McAnally-2009-1 17. Out Last Night-2009-2 18. The Boys Of Fall-2010-2 19. Somewhere With You-2011-3 20. Live A Little-2011-1 21. Reality-2012-1 22. Come Over-2012-2 so far McGraw: 1. Don't Take The Girl-1994-2 2. Not A Moment Too Soon-1995-2 3. I Like It, I Love It-1995-5 4. She Never Lets It Go To Her Heart-1996-2 5. It's Your Love-with Faith Hill-1997-6 6. Everywhere-1997-2 7. Just To See You Smile-1998-6 8. Where The Green Grass Grows-1998-4 9. Please Remember Me-1999-5 10. Something Like That-1999-5 11. My Best Friend-2000-2 12. My Next Thirty Years-2000-5 13. Grown Men Don't Cry-2001-1 14. Angry All The Time-2001-2 15. The Cowboy In Me-2002-1 16. Unbroken-2002-1 17. Real Good Man-2003-2 18. Watch The Wind Blow By-2004-2 19. Live Like You Were Dying-2004-7-chart wise, his biggest hit 20. Back When-2004-1 21. Last Dollar Fly Away-2007-1 22. Southern Voice-2010-1 23. Felt Good On My Lips-2011-3 2. KRAMER EQUALS GAYLE: Landing her first top ten this week is Jana Kramer with Why Ya Wanna at #9. She becomes the second female artist on the Elektra label to land a top ten with her debut single. Crystal Gayle was first with 'Til I Gain Control Again (#1 in 1983). The only difference is that Gayle was an established artist in 1983 while Kramer is new this year. 3. THEY'RE BACK: The original Lonestar that is. They are on this week's chart with The Countdown (at #59). They consist of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater, and Dean Sams. The last time those four were on the chart together is when they peaked at #51 with Nothing To Prove in 2007. This is their 4 Star debut as well. 4. A TIE: We have two songs taking eleven point jumps for fastest climbers of the week. They are: 1. Cruise-Florida Georgia Line-#54 to #43 2. Kick It In The Sticks-Brantley Gilbert-#55 to #44 5. HIS CURB DEBUT: Andy Gibson debuts at #60 with Summer Back. This is his first single being promoted by Curb Records from the start. His last, Wanna Make You Love Me (#27 this year) was released on the R&J label. Gibson then signed to Curb while that single was about to peak on the chart. 6. #1 HITS: These were the chart topping hits in 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987: 2007: Never Wanted Nothing More-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2002: The Good Stuff-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1997: Carrying Your Love With Me-George Strait-MCA 1992: Boot Scootin' Boogie-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 1987: One Promise Too Late-Reba McEntire-MCA 7. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Arista Records released Alan Jackson's first greatest hits CD in 1995. Eight years later, it was time for volume two. A new song from the set blew the roof off for Jackson as it became his biggest hit. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere topped the chart nine years ago this week and Jackson shared the spotlight with Jimmy Buffett. Greatest Hits Volume II...And Some Other Stuff is a two CD release featuring sixteen hits, two new songs, and eight album cuts. The track listing is as follows: Disc 1: 1. Little Bitty-1996-#1 2. Everything I Love-1997-#9 3. Who's Cheatin' Who-1997-#2 4. There Goes-1997-#1 5. I'll Go On Loving You-1998-#3 6. Right On The Money-1999-#1 7. Gone Crazy-1999-#4 8. Little Man-1999-#3 9. Pop A Top-1999-#6 10. The Blues Man-2000-#37 11. It Must Be Love-2000-#1 12. http://www.memory-2000-#6 13. When Somebody Loves You-2001-#5 14. Where I Come From-2001-#1 15. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning-2001-#1 16. Drive For Daddy Gene-2002-#1 17. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere-with Jimmy Buffett-2003-#1-chart wise, his biggest hit 18. Remember When-2004-#1 Disc 2: 1. Job Description 2. Tropical Depression 3. Let's Get Back To Me And You 4. You Can't Give Up On Love 5. Hole In The Wall 6. Buicks To The Moon 7. When Love Comes Around 8. The Sounds It's Five O'Clock Somewhere was released in June and made its way to #1 in August. Jackson/Buffett ruled the chart for seven weeks. They were replaced by Dierks Bentley who scored his first #1 with What Was I Thinkin'. Then Jackson/Buffett returned to #1 for an eighth week in October. Five O'Clock replaced Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning as Jackson's biggest hit and Margaritaville as Buffett's biggest hit (#13 in 1977). It also peaked at #17 on the Hot 100, becoming the biggest pop hit of Jackson's career. Not so for Buffett. His biggest pop hit is the aformentioned Margaritaville (#8 in 1977). The American Country Countdown named it its top song of the year. The second new song, Remember When matched Five O'Clock's chart topping status, but stayed there for two weeks in early 2004. Since Five O'Clock, Buffett started to chart country hits with some regularity. They are: 1. Hey Good Lookin'-with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Jackson, Toby Keith, and George Strait-2004-#8 2. Trip Around The Sun-with Martina McBride-2004-#20 3. Knee Deep-with the Zac Brown Band-2011-#1 Five O'Clock would resurface on Jackson's 2010 CD, 34 Number Ones. Right after that CD was released, Jackson left Arista Records after 22 years on the label. He signed to the EMI label in 2011. He is currently on the charts with his Thirty Miles West CD. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 9, 2003: 1. IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE-ALAN JACKSON AND JIMMY BUFFETT-ARISTA 2. Red Dirt Road-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 3. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 4. Celebrity-Brad Paisley-Arista 5. Beer For My Horses-Toby Keith and Willie Nelson-Dreamworks 6. My Front Porch Looking In-Lonestar-BNA 7. Forever And For Always-Shania Twain-Mercury 8. Real Good Man-Tim McGraw-Curb 9. What Was I Thinkin'-Dierks Bentley-Capitol 10. 99.9% Sure I've Never Been Here Before-Brian McComas-Lyric Street
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